Government to defend free movement in EU ahead of referendum
The government is launching a defence of free movement with the EU ahead of a referendum due in September.
The Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter says the agreement is a lynchpin with the EU and any changes would threaten bilateral accords with the trading bloc.
At a press conference, the minister was accompanied by union leaders and employers.
She says if the referendum is passed it will have serious consequences for the economy and businesses need stability to recover from the lockdown caused by the coronavirus.
The referendum was launched by the Swiss People’s Party in an effort to stop free movement which it maintains hasn’t been implemented despite a narrow vote in favour in 2014.