Swiss vote to limit immigration

Swiss vote to limit immigration

YEREVAN, February 10. /ARKA/. Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries, BBC reported.

Final results showed 50.3% voted in favour. The vote invalidates the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement.

Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy.
Brussels said it regretted the outcome of the vote and would examine its implications.

A Yes vote of more than 50% was needed for the referendum to pass.

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the vote has shown up traditional divisions, with French-speaking areas against the quotas, German-speaking regions divided, and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino firmly in favour.

A Yes vote means Swiss ministers will have some tricky explaining to do in Brussels, BBC correspondent says. –0--

10:26 10.02.2014

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