Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal to end the free movement of people from the European Union. Around 61.7% voted against the proposal which was initiated by the Swiss People's Party.
Although the Swiss government did not support the initiative, the right-wing party's referendum was focused on curbing immigration in the country, where foreigners make up almost a quarter of the population.
While Switzerland is not a member of the EU, the nation has several bilateral treaties that allow it to access Europe's free trade area. Brussels welcomed the result saying it upholds one of the core pillars of the nation's relationship with the EU.