Brussels upbeat as Swiss skirt clash with EU on immigration

16/12/2016, Swissinfo.com, By Michael Shields and Philip Blenkinsop

“ZURICH/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Swiss parliament passed a law on Friday aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people first crack at open jobs, skirting voters’ demand for outright quotas, which it feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.

The European Commission offered a cautious welcome while it checks with members on how to handle non-member Switzerland, knowing that its treatment will be scrutinised for hints on what Britain might expect as it negotiates its EU divorce.”

More on this site: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/brussels-upbeat-as-swiss-skirt-clash-with-eu-on-immigration/42769788

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