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Swiss government calls time out in push for EU ties as Brexit talks begin

It thinks a treaty with EU by year-end will not be realistic

Without a new accord with its biggest trading partner, Switzerland would rely on a patchwork of more than 100 bilateral agreements that ease access to the EU single market.


SWITZERLAND'S drive to clinch a sweeping treaty putting its ties with the European Union on firmer footing has run aground as mainstream conservative parties get cold feet ahead of Britain's divorce talks with the EU.

A new treaty could clear the way for closer ties in...