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EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:35 AM
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Swiss President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter addressing a news conference on results in Bern on Feb 9, 2014. The European Union said it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted to restrict EU immigration in a referendum cheered by right-wing parties across Europe. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - The European Union said on Sunday, Feb 9, 2014, it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted to restrict EU immigration in a referendum cheered by right-wing parties across Europe.

Final results of the nail-bitingly close plebiscite showed 50.3 per cent of voters backed the "Stop Mass Immigration" plan pushed by Swiss right-wing populists.

The fall-out from the result could sink a raft of deals with the EU, including on the economic front.

Switzerland is ringed by EU member countries and does the bulk of its trade with the 28-nation bloc, but has remained steadfast about not becoming a member.

 
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