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UK News Swiss voters appear to reject limiting jobs for EU citizens

17:35  27 september  2020
17:35  27 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Voters in Switzerland are casting their ballots on a nationalist party’ s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country. In a similar referendum in 2014, the Swiss narrowly voted in favor of limiting access of EU citizens to live and work in Switzerland .

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a rightwing party’ s attempt to scrap a pact allowing The Swiss People’ s party (SVP) had called a referendum on the EU agreement Voters support proposal to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens , despite opposition from populists.

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Voters in Switzerland were casting their ballots on Sunday on a nationalist party’s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in the country.

Projections based on partial counts indicated that most voters had rejected the measure – championed by the populist Swiss People’s Party – according to public broadcaster SRF.

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Swiss voters rejected by a 63-37% margin a right-wing party' s proposal to annul a Opinion polls had found most voters opposed the plan, which would have given non- EU member Switzerland unilateral control of immigration but severely disrupted ties with the EU , the country' s biggest trading partner.

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an agreement with the European Union on the free movement of people, TV projections suggest. Switzerland is not a member of the EU , but currently accepts free movement so that it can have access to free trade and co-operate with Brussels in areas

The measure had proposed giving preferential access to jobs, social protection and benefits to people from Switzerland over those from the 27-nation bloc that surrounds it.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Swiss People’s Party president Marco Chiesa (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP) © Provided by PA Media Swiss People’s Party president Marco Chiesa (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)

If passed, the proposal would have further strained the rich Alpine’s country’s deep and lucrative ties to the EU, of which it is not a member.

It could also lead to reciprocal disadvantages for millions of Swiss citizens if they want to live or work in the EU.

Roughly 1.4 million EU citizens live in the country of about 8.2 million, while around 500,000 Swiss live in EU countries.

In a similar referendum in 2014, the Swiss narrowly voted in favour of limiting access of EU citizens to live and work in Switzerland.

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Swiss voters will decide whether EU citizens can live and work in the country, a decision that could Swiss voters will decide the fate of EU citizens along with four other more nationally focussed In that referendum voters narrowly backed limiting immigration with quotas - as it was prior to Swiss

Swiss voters cast their ballots on right-wing proposal to end free movement of workers between Switzerland and the EU . Citizens of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, which with Switzerland are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), made up 68 percent of

Politicians refused to fully implement the referendum fearing a hefty impact on Swiss society and businesses, prompting the People’s Party to get the issue back on the ballot again this year.

Since the last vote, Switzerland has witnessed the turmoil that Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union has caused, especially for EU citizens in the UK and Britons living on the continent.

Voter Yann Grote said he did not approve of further limiting freedom of movement.

“I’m not at all in favour, and even more now, because it’s not a time to isolate Switzerland,” he said.

Elisabeth Lopes agreed, saying: “I’m a daughter of immigrants, so it is a matter that touches me.

“If Switzerland had to withdraw or reduce these agreements (with the EU), I think we would be the real losers.”

The freedom-of-movement measure was being considered alongside nationwide votes on paternity leave, tax breaks for childcare, purchases of new fighter planes worth billions of pounds, and the right to hunt wolves to keep their population down.

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A Swiss vote Sunday on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" SVP meanwhile finds itself more isolated than ever, with the government, parliament, unions , employer organisations and all other political parties urging voters to reject the initiative.

Voters on Sunday will have the last word on a proposal to scrap a major immigration accord with the Besides the vote on Swiss immigration policy, there are four other issues on national ballot papers Around 5.4 million Swiss citizens , including registered expatriate Swiss , are eligible to take part in


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