The Swiss Individuals’s Get together (SVP) had pressured a binding referendum on the EU settlement in a bid to curb immigration to the nation the place foreigners make up 1 / 4 of the inhabitants.
The measure misplaced by 62%-38% margin.
The SVP – the largest occasion in parliament – has lengthy pushed to take again management of immigration, echoing some arguments pro-Brexit politicians used within the run-up to Britain’s exit from the EU. It gained a referendum on the problem in 2014, solely to see parliament water down its implementation.
Opponents stated the plan would have robbed enterprise of expert staff and torpedoed accords that improve non-EU member Switzerland’s entry to the essential EU single market.
Beneath Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, the referendum might have pressured the federal government to annul the EU settlement if negotiations didn’t produce a deal on ending the pact voluntarily, one thing Brussels has dominated out.
A “guillotine clause” meant that ending free motion would have toppled different bilateral pacts on land and air transport, procurement, technical obstacles to commerce, and analysis.
Round two-thirds of the two.1 million foreigners dwelling in Switzerland in 2019 have been residents of the EU, in addition to Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, which with Switzerland are members of the European Free Commerce Affiliation (EFTA).
Greater than 450,000 Swiss reside within the EU.
The home political battle instantly turned to Switzerland’s greatest overseas coverage headache: a stalled treaty meant to cement ties with the EU however which critics say infringes an excessive amount of on Swiss sovereignty and would by no means win a referendum.
The treaty would have Bern routinely undertake single market guidelines and create a brand new platform to resolve disputes.
With questions open over state help, guidelines to guard excessive Swiss wages, and entry to welfare advantages, the Swiss have dragged their toes whereas making an attempt to forge a home consensus, triggering a row over cross-border inventory buying and selling.
Amid comparatively excessive turnout, voters narrowly blocked an try and make it simpler to shoot wolves deemed a risk to livestock.
In an unexpectedly shut vote, they accepted the federal government’s plans to purchase new fighter jets for as much as 6 billion Swiss francs ($6.46 billion).