The Swiss go for British-style standoff with Brussels over EU migration


A placard of Swiss right wing party Schweizerische Volkspartei SVP against the extension of accord with the European Union on open labour market in Lausanne, Switcherland, 08 February 2009.

The sovereigntist right wins this battle, but at what cost?

Switzerland is moving towards a British-style confrontation with the EU after the Swiss Parliament moves to give the Swiss preferential access in its labour market over EU citizens.

The EU has made clear that Switzerland cannot gain access to the Single Market without agreeing to free movement of people. 25% of the residents of Switzerland are foreign nationals. Bern hopes it is possible to broker a deal under which a current resident of Switzerland – Swiss or EU citizen – will have preferent...

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