TheCityUK responds to the UK launching trade deal talks with Switzerland

15 May 2023

Nicola Watkinson, Managing Director, International, TheCityUK, said, “The UK and Switzerland are Europe’s two key financial centres, and the successful negotiation of a free trade agreement would bring significant benefits to both markets, not least in key areas such as innovation, talent mobility and the recognition of professional qualifications.

“Industry wants to see an ambitious FTA that fits hand in glove with a UK-Switzerland Mutual Recognition Agreement, which is already under negotiation. Not only would such a deal be ground-breaking and help our industry provide more jobs and support economic growth right across the country, it could also provide a cutting-edge template for future, similar deals with other key markets.”

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Nicola Watkinson Managing Director, International

Nicola Watkinson leads TheCityUK’s International team, which provides unique insight and deep expertise into the markets and trade relationships underpinning the UK’s success as a leading global financial centre.

Prior to joining TheCityUK, Nicola was General Manager, The Americas, for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and Deputy Consul General in New York, where she led a 90-strong team based across North and South America and managed five consulates.