Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries. Final results showed 50.3% voted in favour. The vote invalidates the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement.
Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy. Brussels has already warned the Swiss that they cannot just choose the aspects they like. A Yes vote of more than 50% is needed for the referendum to pass. The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the vote has shown up traditional divisions, with French-speaking areas against the quotas, German-speaking regions divided, and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino firmly in favour. A Yes vote means Swiss ministers will have some tricky explaining to do in Brussels, our correspondent says.