Swiss climbdown over free movement may deal blow to UK hopes

MPs vote for local preference in job hires but plan does not include fixed limits on EU immigration

eu6-guardianThe Swiss parliament has largely caved in to EU intransigence on free movement in a decision that could deal a blow to British government hopes of being able to both control immigration and retain enhanced single market access after Brexit.

Swiss MPs approved legislation on Wednesday that would promote some local preference in job hires, a compromise they hope will allow vital economic relations with the bloc to be preserved following a 2014 referendum vote to cap EU immigration.

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