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UK News Boost for EU as Swiss voters crush bid to limit immigration from the bloc

00:40  28 september  2020
00:40  28 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Voters in Switzerland have handed a crushing defeat to a nationalist party' s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country. Since the last vote , Switzerland has witnessed the fallout from the UK' s 2016 Brexit vote , especially for EU citizens in

Broadcaster says projection based on partial results shows motion was defeated 63%-37%.

a close up of a flag: Around 1.4 million EU citizens live in Switzerland, while around 500,000 Swiss live in EU countries © Reuters Around 1.4 million EU citizens live in Switzerland, while around 500,000 Swiss live in EU countries

Voters in Switzerland have handed a crushing defeat to a nationalist party's proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country.

The plan was rejected by 61.7% of voters, compared to 38.3% who were in favour, according to Swiss public broadcaster SRF.

All but four of the country's 26 regions opposed the plan proposed by the Swiss People's Party to give preferential access to jobs, social protection and benefits to people from Switzerland over those from the 27-nation bloc that surrounds it.

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Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a right-wing party' s attempt to scrap a pact allowing the free movement of people from the European Union , according to a projection of results by broadcaster SRF on Sunday. The Swiss People' s Party (SVP) had called a referendum on the EU agreement - a

Swiss voters cast their ballots on right-wing proposal to end While not an EU member, Switzerland is bound to the bloc through an array of intricately connected bilateral agreements. That vote threw Swiss - EU relations into disarray, with Brussels warning that any curbs on immigration by EU citizens

a person holding a sign: Many Swiss citizens appear to have changed their views on EU immigration since the UK's Brexit vote © Getty Many Swiss citizens appear to have changed their views on EU immigration since the UK's Brexit vote

The government had warned the measure could further damage the rich Alpine's country's deep and lucrative ties to the EU.

Had it been passed, it would also have triggered reciprocal disadvantages for millions of Swiss citizens if they want to live or work in the EU.

Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter welcomed the result, saying: "Especially at this time, during the difficult economic situation caused by the coronavirus crisis, good relations with our neighbours and with the EU are important."

Karin Keller-Sutter looking at the camera: Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter welcomed the result © Getty Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter welcomed the result

She added that Switzerland would continue to pursue a "bilateral path" with the EU, eschewing membership of the bloc while seeking close economic ties with it.

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EU - Swiss relations in turmoil after immigration vote . Swiss voters yesterday (9 February) narrowly backed proposals to Instead Bern opted to merely require Swiss employers to jump through a few bureaucratic hoops before hiring from the bloc , and to prioritise Swiss job seekers, at least ostensibly.

But she also acknowledged misgivings that many Swiss have about immigration, saying "freedom of movement doesn't just have benefits".

"The Federal Council only wants as much immigration as necessary," Ms Keller-Sutter said. "That continues to be our goal."

Around 1.4 million EU citizens live in the country of about 8.6 million, while around 500,000 Swiss live in EU countries.

Some are dual citizens and would not have been affected by any restrictions.

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

Politicians refused to fully implement that referendum over fears of a detrimental impact on Swiss society and businesses, prompting the People's Party to put the issue back on the ballot again this year.

Since the last vote, Switzerland has witnessed the fallout from the UK's 2016 Brexit vote, especially for EU citizens in Britain and Britons living on the continent.

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BERNE (Reuters) - More immigrants from the European Union entered Switzerland than ever before in 2013, the year before Swiss voters put their country at odds with Brussels by backing a cap on immigration from the bloc . A net 66,200 EU citizens emigrated to Switzerland last year, the highest

One voter in Geneva, Yann Grote, said he did not approve of further limits on 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.

Another voter, Elisabeth Lopes, agreed. "I'm a daughter of immigrants, so it is a matter that touches me," she said.

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

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the result of the referendum, calling it "a positive signal to continue to consolidate and deepen our relationship."

Turnout was higher than in most recent referendums, with almost 60% of voters going to the polls or casting their ballots by mail.


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