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Angela Merkel wants Swiss talks with EU to be separate from Brexit negotiations

Local News // Nov. 3, 2016
Angela Merkel wants Swiss talks with EU to be separate from Brexit negotiations

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Swiss talks with the European Union should be kept completely separate from negotiations over a British exit.

It comes as the High Court in the UK rules that the British parliament and not the government must trigger article 50 to signal the country's departure from the EU.

Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann met with Merkel yesterday to discuss a deal that accommodates a 2014 public vote to re-introduce quotas on EU workers in the country.

The measure would directly contravene bilateral treaties and the principle of the free movement which allows EU citizens to live and work in member states.

However, discussion have taken a backseat since Britain voted to leave the union and could slow down further following the latest developments in the UK.

Experts there see the High Courts verdict as slowing down the process of Brexit rather than putting a halt to it.

If Switzerland gets any concessions from the EU, Britain may see it as something they could expect from a new agreement.

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