“The Swiss vote validates one of the central pillars of our relationship: the mutual freedom to move, live and work in Switzerland and the European Union. I welcome this result. I see it as a positive sign to continue to consolidate and deepen our relationship “, he said in a statement.
The Swiss voted today in a referendum against imposing immigration restrictions on EU citizens.
Voters rejected by 61.7% the popular initiative launched by the populist right of the Please, the country’s largest party, which denounces “uncontrolled and disproportionate immigration” and considers that jobs are threatened by the Free Movement of Persons Agreement, signed in 1999 with the European Union.
The referendum participation rate was around 59% of voters.
The rejected proposal, entitled “Moderate Immigration Initiative”, wanted the Swiss Government to suspend an existing bilateral agreement with the EU on the free movement of people and to take full control of the country’s immigration policy.
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