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Swiss Immigration Fig Leaf Won’t Sate Hard-Brexit Believers

  • Lawmakers back limited implementation of 2014 immigration vote
  • EU will scrutinize proposal over freedom of movement concerns
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A Swiss national flag flies between the spires of Fraumeunster church, left, and St Peter's Church, right, in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg
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Switzerland is offering a stark lesson for the British politicians tasked with negotiating Brexit: the nation they admired for guarding its sovereignty within Europe has all but thrown in the towel.

More than two years after the Swiss electorate voted to limit immigration by European Union nationals, lawmakers last month sidestepped implementing curbs that threatened an economically vital set of treaties with Brussels. Instead, they backed a “light” proposal that merely stipulates job vacancies are advertised first in Swiss unemployment centers.