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Swiss want to keep EU deals despite immigration vote: poll

Published on Feb 16, 2014 8:57 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - The Swiss overwhelmingly want to hold on to a string of deals with the European Union despite voting last week to curb immigration from the bloc, a poll published on Sunday showed.

A full 74 per cent of people surveyed said they were opposed to ripping up the agreements, which cover everything from free movement of people to air traffic to trade barriers, according to the poll in the Sonntags Blick newspaper.

Only 19 per cent of the 1,002 people questioned last week by Isopublic pollsters wanted Switzerland to completely turn its back on EU relations, while 7 per cent were undecided, the poll showed.

The survey was published a week after Swiss voters narrowly approved curbing immigration from the EU, with 50.3 per cent of voters deciding to void a pact giving equal footing to EU citizens in the Swiss labour market.

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