Swiss voters reject curbs on EU freedom of motion pact


Swiss voters rejected on Sunday the far-right Swiss People’s Party’s (SVP) try to scrap a pact permitting free motion of individuals from the European Union to a nation the place foreigners make up 1 / 4 of the inhabitants of 8.6 million.
The initiative “For moderate immigration (Limitation Initiative)” was one among 5 separate points Swiss voters resolve in a nationwide poll, and was rejected with 62% of the votes, Switzerland’s authorities stated.
The supporters of the anti-free motion claimed {that a} constructive consequence would enable Switzerland to regulate extra successfully its borders, in a bid to curb immigration to the nation.
Data supplied by the Union present that about 1.four million EU residents dwell in Switzerland and 450,000 Swiss dwell within the EU, whereas one other 320,000 EU residents cross the border every day to work in Switzerland.
The EU has welcomed the end result citing that the residents of Switzerland worth these ties, since “their vote upholds on of the core pillars of our relationship: the mutual freedom to move, to live and to work in Switzerland and the EU”.
Charles Michel, the EU Council President tweeted that “today is a great day for the relations between the European Union and Switzerland.”
“The Swiss people have spoken & sent a clear message: together we have a great future ahead of us,” Michel added.

Today is a superb day for the relations between the European Union and Switzerland.
We welcome the outcomes of the favored vote and stay up for persevering with our shut cooperation.
The Swiss folks have spoken & despatched a transparent message: collectively we’ve got an excellent future forward of us.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) September 27, 2020

Although Switzerland is just not a member of the European Union, it has signed up for a few of its key rules, comparable to the liberty of motion.