Swiss Government’s CO2 Law Is Headed for Defeat: Vote Update

The Swiss government’s proposed law to curb carbon dioxied emissions appeared likely to fail in a referendum on Sunday, one of several measures on the national ballot.

A projection broadcast by SRF showed 51% of voters rejected the law though the margin of error was 1%. But in the cantons -- or states -- where results were already available showed voters were against the measure and Lukas Golder of pollster gfs.bern said signs were mounting that it was likely to fail.

The “no” vote would hand the government a setback as it seeks to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. A poll in the lead-up had signaled that outcome.

Swiss Government’s CO2 Law Is Headed for Defeat: Vote Update

Pesticide, Drinking Water Initiatives Fail (3:03 p.m.)

Measures promoting clean drinking water and banning synthetic pesticides are off the table, having failed to garner the requisite backing in a majority of Switzerland’s 26 cantons. Opposition for both initiatives was projected at 60% of votes cast. A poll ahead of the vote had signaled rejections.

To become law, a popular initiative requires a double majority -- both of votes cast and across cantons.

Yes to Covid-19 Law, Anti-Terrorism Bill (12:34 p.m.)

Referendums called to oppose laws coordinating Switzerland’s response to the pandemic and one granting the government more powers to combat terrorism are very likely to fail. An initial projection broadcast by SRF found 61% supported the Covid-19 law, while the counter-terrorism measure had a backing of 57%.

Clean Water, Pesticide Initiatives May Get Rejected (12:18 p.m.)

There’s a “no trend” for an initiative promoting clean drinking water and one banning synthetic pesticides, broadcaster SRF said. A poll prior to the vote had suggested both measures, which the government opposed, would fail.

Basel Minimum Wage (12:16 p.m.)

Voters in the city of Basel have voted for a minimum wage for their canton of 21 francs ($23.38) per hour, SRF said.

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