Swiss-style EU deal not on the table during Brexit negotiations, EU officials say

Press quote (iNews)
21 November 2022

John Springford, the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform (CER) think-tank, says Brussels has also grown frustrated with the Swiss system of translating EU legislation into its rulebook through and torturous parliamentary process that can end up changing the laws to bypass regulations. “This is very finicky and slow. And it runs up against the EU’s problem of cherry picking: they don’t want to give the UK partial access to the single market or part of partial participation in the single market,” he said.

...“Whenever the EU hear the British government talking about some sort of Swiss-type deal, they think, ‘Oh, God, no, please don’t!’’ Mr Springford says. “They want to keep that kind of bargaining process to a minimum.”