Clear majority against “Schweixit”
SVP’s “limitation initiative” clearly fails – future of the framework agreement between the EU and Switzerland still open
The EU, Germany and also the Swiss Federal Council can take a deep breath. As predicted in the polls, the Swiss electorate clearly re-jected the “limitation initiative”, which would have meant an end to the free move-ment of persons, with 61.7% of the votes to 38.3%. A serious crisis in relations between the EU and Switzerland could thus be avert-ed. Swiss citizens have thereby clearly ex-pressed their support for a pragmatic part-nership with the EU.
However, difficult talks still lie ahead in terms of future relations, which are to be given a new legal basis with a framework agreement.