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Old 25.07.2016, 07:31
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Re: Freedom of Movement for EU nationals: should the Swiss bend the knee?

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An emergency brake a.k.a. safeguard clause is part of the deal both Switzerland and Norway, an EEA member, have.
Norway has never used it.

CH has used it several times.
https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...uegigkeit.html

No surprise in the same being offered to the UK.
It will be domestically projected as the UK getting control over immigration.
Edit: A big IF whether the Eastern European countries will agree to it.

Seven years in the EEA is perhaps enough time to prepare for and do a full Brexit.
Had, not have. The only one still is the one for Romania and Bulgaria which runs until May 31st 2019. The other safeguard clause for the other 25 EU countries ran out in May 2014, funnily enough not long after the Swiss voted to curb immigration from the EU. Now I wonder why that was?

And the British need only look at Switzerland's current situation on this issue to see what will happen to them if they fall for this. EU refusing to negotiate on free movement so the UK will be back at square one with uncontrolled immigration or break all the EU agreements made in those 7 years. That will simply be a waste of 7 years' negotiating time, when they should put the effort into a permanent deal without such dubious carrots being dangled.
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