EU's chief Brexit negotiator to examine Swiss deal
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator is to look at the Swiss relationship with the EU to decide if it could be a model acceptable to the UK after it leaves the trading bloc..
According to a report in yesterday’s NZZ newspaper, Michel Barnier is hoping to visit Switzerland next year to talk to politicians about this country’s links with the EU.
Although Switzerland is not a member, it has well over a hundred separate agreements with the EU and is in the single market and so accepts free movement of EU citizens.
Switzerland’s relationship with the EU has been under strain since a vote in 2014 to impose quotas on EU workers. That hasn’t been fully implemented, but a series of compromises allowing firms to prioritize Swiss workers maybe enough to satisfy voters.
A recent visit by the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, may signify a thaw in relations.