28 Feb 2014

The end of chocolate box-style integration? EU-Swiss relations after the referendum

Adam Łazowski

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Surveying the landscape following the Swiss referendum on February 9th, Adam ?azowski observes that once Swiss voters are deprived of the benefits of the EU internal market, they may come to appreciate that their days of cherry-picking from among EU policies are over. This might present the EU with a golden opportunity to press for a comprehensive framework agreement with Switzerland that would simplify the existing regime and provide for a uniform institutional set-up. He concludes, however, that what both sides cannot avoid is a frank discussion about free movement of persons, noting that that dossier will be crucial for any future steps that will be taken by the EU and the Swiss authorities.

Adam ?azowski is Reader in Law, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, London.