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The EU and Switzerland are on a collision course despite the free movement vote

A recent referendum result was heralded as a great confidence boost for the European Union. But beneath the surface all is not well between Switzerland and the giant on its doorstep

By Clare O'Dea  

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On the surface, Swiss voters have given a resounding endorsement to continued close relations with the European Union. By rejecting the Swiss People’s Party proposal to end the free movement of people by 61.7 per cent, they have signalled their acceptance of the status quo of the last two decades.

The EU has taken encouragement from this positive message, but the reprieve may be short-lived. The United Kingdom is not the only country that urgently has to restructure its relationship with the EU.

Now that the free…

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