Talking Europe

Life outside the EU: Swiss lessons for post-Brexit UK (part 1)


In our latest "out-and-about" Talking Europe, we're taking you to a land of mountains, lakes, chocolate, banks and neutrality. It is, of course, Switzerland: the landlocked country in the heart of Europe with four official languages, which is home to the highest peaks in Europe and which boasts some of its most stunning scenery. It's also home to dozens of international organisations, including the Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee – but is famously not a member of the European Union.


Instead, this most independent of nations has a patchwork of agreements on how it trades and interacts with the EU. We're there to look into what that means for Switzerland and its people. To do so, we've chosen to look at one of the areas both Switzerland and the European Union spend the most money on: farming and food. 

As another country – the UK – begins its post-EU life, it's cutting ties to things like the Common Agricultural Policy, which hands out subsidies to farmers while also setting rules for how they work their land. 

We want to know how things work in non-EU Switzerland and whether any of it might apply to the UK in future.

Our reports take a closer look at Switzerland's farms: whether they're really as green as they claim, how Swiss farmers want to change their country's agricultural policy and whether having an EU-recognised protected label really helps sales.

>> Click here to watch part two of the show

Show presented by Catherine Nicholson, produced by Johan Bodin and Mathilde Bénézet, filmed on location by Stéphane Bodenne, with Luke Brown and Céline Schmitt.


Co-funded by the IMCAP Programme of the European Union

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