EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration
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.