Switzerland is set to hold a vote on Schengen, the area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control. While an EU initiative, the Schengen area also includes Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, none of which are member states. The May 17 vote will see Swiss residents vote on whether they want to regain control of their borders.
Such a decision would be a bitter blow to Brussels in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the trade bloc.
Recommending its citizens vote down rejecting Schengen, the Swiss government said in a statement: “That would have painful consequences, primarily for security and asylum issues but also for border traffic and freedom to travel.”
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