Wage protection: unions and businesses want to protect the high salaries and cost of living in Switzerland. They say the framework agreement would lead to “wage dumping”, companies in Switzerland cutting back on salaries.
State aid: the EU is not in favour of public subsidies. Swiss cantons fear that their banks would no longer be able to benefit from unrestricted state guarantees.
European citizenship directive: under the framework, EU citizens in Switzerland would have the same right to social security as Swiss residents. Critics in Switzerland fear that this could result in a wave of “social welfare immigration”.
breatheme wrote: »
As many of you know, Switzerland likes to maintain its relationship with the EU with not one but many (more than a hundred) bilateral agreements.
If you need some background information:An article detailing the current situation can be found here.
Here is an opinion piece comparing the negotiations to Brexit.
But basically, negotiations seem to be at a stalemate over three key issues:
It looks like negotiations are at a stalemate and Brexit has added fuel to the Swiss parties looking for concessions.
I think this will end up being taken to the extreme but that the Swiss will eventually sign the agreement and deal with the controversy back home. But since we are living in this post Brexit world... could it end with negotiations breaking down and the guillotine clause finally being invoked?
What would happen then? Do we continue with the agreements we have now between the EU and CH, or do we actually go all the way to treating Switzerland like a third country?