SWITZERLAND GETS READY TO VOTE ON ENDING FREE MOVEMENT WITH EU


28/09/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Voters in Switzerland will decide in a referendum on Sunday whether to abandon their free movement of people agreement with the European Union.

Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it has signed up to some of its key principles.

As one of the key principles of EU, the free movement of people means EU citizens can live and work in Switzerland, and vice versa for Swiss nationals elsewhere in the bloc.

Alongside the mobilization of people, the free movement of people allows Switzerland to participate in the EU's single market.

On the one hand, right-wing parties argued that  Switzerland is experiencing “uncontrolled and disproportionate migration” and that “business opportunities are under threat”. Therefore, the aim of the referendum on Sunday, which called as  “limitation initiative”, is to stop the free movement of EU citizens in Switzerland and make it difficult for companies to hire them.

On the other hand, the referendum would affect the life of 460,000 Swiss citizens living in the EU. Opponents argue that the initiative will plunge a healthy economy into recession, and deprive hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens of their freedom to live and work across Europe.

The Swiss justice minister stated that it would create a situation "worse than Brexit". Some have considered the “limitation initiative” as  Swiss Brexit because Switzerland has adopted several provisions of EU law through bilateral treaties.


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