Immigration: Switzerland Signs MoU With the UK, as an SIS Substitute in Case of a No-Deal Brexit

Immigration: Switzerland Signs MoU With the UK, as an SIS Substitute in Case of a No-Deal Brexit

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Switzerland Signs MoU With the UKSwitzerland and the United Kingdom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that among others would work as a substitute of the Schengen Information System between both countries, in case of a no-deal Brexit.

On Wednesday, July 10, Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police in Switzerland, met her British counterpart Home Secretary Sajid Javid in London. Both officials signed an agreement to continue collaboration in terms of security, even in case Britain leaves the EU without a final deal.

According to a press release of the Swiss government, through this agreement both countries have reaffirmed their intention to work together even more closely in the future, in particular in cases of organized crime and terrorism.

This Memorandum is particularly important if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, as this means that all information from the British security services will be deleted from key EU databases such as the Schengen Information System. In this case Switzerland, as indeed all other states in the Schengen Area, would no longer have access to this valuable information, making it all the more necessary to find alternative forms of cooperation and other information channels,” the press release explains.

It also adds that the MoU signed with the UK is part of Switzerland’s strategy of bilateral police cooperation with other European partners. So far, Switzerland has signed such agreements with 16 European countries.

During her stay in London Federal Councilor Keller-Sutter also signed an agreement on admission to the labor market, as a part of the Federal council’s “Mind the Gap”strategy. During her visit, aside from the Home Secretary Sajid Javid, she also met the Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke, and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

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