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Swiss Parliament decides to withdraw the application to join the EU


 Today is the end of an era for the Europhiles: For years Switzerland has had a request pending to join the Union. But today the country quietly let that application lapse. Its citizens can all see for themselves one of the differences between being in the EU or being outside it.

Switzerland applied to join the European Union on 16 Mai 1992. In Brussels, the Government of Switzerland signed an official application to join the EU. The signatures have never been suspended and the application was not formally withdrawn. Switzerland has been applying for EU membership for 24 years.

The people voted in different referendums against becoming closer to the greedy EU law. But the Government said, the people’s vote did not oblige them to stop accession negotiations with the EU and in future the situation could change. Europhiles have warned for years about the dangers of Switzerland remaining outside the EU. But today Switzerland is stronger and freer as a result of being outside, rather than inside the EU. Independence and non-bureaucratic flexibility is an important part of the Swiss success. Today Swiss polls find those keen on EU membership dwindling in the 5 per cents and today there is an important change in Swiss politics that has been controversially disputed for many years:

Nobody seems to be interested in becoming a member in the coming billions and trillions of years far into the future: The Swiss parliament passed a proposition created by the EU-sceptical National Councillor (MP) Lukas Reimann, to withdraw the request of 1992. It is hardly surprising that the EU looks like an ever less attractive club to join. What, after all, is the appeal of joining a club into which the entire world can apparently move?

The vote of the Federal Assembly about this motion ended with a 126 “Yes” and a 46 “No”. Now the senate (second chamber) will discuss the proposition. Then the Swiss Government has to dissolve its accession team and stop its application to join the EU. 
Switzerland had been brutally treated as a nation aspiring to join the EU, in all its negotiations. It had to accept idiotic bureaucracy in the previous era of the Europhiles. Now Switzerland is a more independent nation and in a better position to negotiate with the EU.

“This is a clear and historical message from the Swiss parliament to British voters. We wish you the best of luck for Brexit. These days, Switzerland is called Britzerland because Swiss people support the Brexit”, said MP Lukas Reimann. He pointed out: “A big advantage of leaving the EU, is free trade worldwide, not only between the member states, making it easier and cheaper for British companies to export their goods to the rest of the world. The boost to income outweighs the billions of pounds in membership fees that Britain would save if it left the EU. The UK can have even more of its important negotiation power internationally, by leaving the trading bloc: It would be free to establish trade agreements with non-EU countries worldwide. Worldwide, Switzerland has many more free trade agreements than with the EU. A well-educated scientist moved from Britain to the EU-free zone of Switzerland to set up his own company. Within a few hours, he could completely establish his own first company without expensive lawyers and accountants - even they can’t know all the regulations from Brussels. The vast majority of small and medium-sized firms do not trade with the EU but are restricted by a huge regulatory burden imposed from abroad. Leaving the EU makes the United Kingdom more open to the world without being bound or enslaved by EU laws on areas such as agriculture, justice and home affairs. The era of the EU application is over for Switzerland. And the era of the EU membership could be over soon for Britain. This is Britain's chance of the century for a better future and for prosperity!

Euro scepticism is increasing all over Europe. The EU is hopelessly out of date and utterly incapable of coping with the challenges of the 21st century. A courageous and visionary Brexit is the beginning of freedom and prosperity in the whole of Europe! The almost interminable money sent to the EU without real transparency and without real accountability could be used to modernise Britain instead.

Switzerland and the UK have enjoyed close relations for a long time. Ever since the 18th century, British politicians have made much of Switzerland's neutrality on the European continent and repeatedly took Switzerland's side when dealing with other European powers. The Cantonal Tree erected just off Leicester Square, London, England celebrates the friendly relations between Britain and Switzerland. Brexit will make this traditional friendship better and more successful than ever. British and Swiss people are clever: They know why Europe is the most fascinating continent because of diversity, human rights, competition between the states and freedom. I wish you a courageous and visionary referendum!

Author 
Sandro Wächter, Brugg, Switzerland (Twitter: @sandro_waechter) 
in cooperation with Swiss MP Lukas Reimann, Wil, www.lukas-reimann.ch

Further informations
Swiss TV about the vote: http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/nationalrat-will-eu-beitrittsgesuch-zurueckziehen
 

Official database of parliamentary votes (Retirer la demande d'adhésion à l'UE et dire les choses telles qu'elles sont. Vote no.:  12927 / 1 March 2016 10h37):https://www.parlament.ch/en/ratsbetrieb/abstimmungen/abstimmungs-datenbank-nr?BusinessNumber=14.3219
 

Official database of parliamentary votes (Retirer la demande d'adhésion à l'UE et dire les choses telles qu'elles sont. Vote no.:  12927 / 1 March 2016 10h37):https://www.parlament.ch/en/ratsbetrieb/abstimmungen/abstimmungs-datenbank-nr?BusinessNumber=14.3219
 

 




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