REJECTS EU MEMBERSHIP-A LESSON FOR ENGLAND
Why can't we be more like Switzerland?
The Swiss system of open and direct democracy provides
important lessons for those who wish to preserve the project of
[Eurofacts-7th September -2007]
What is it about Switzerland that enables it to go on
resisting the dubious allure of EU membership decade after decade and to
show no apparent sign of weakening?
As in Britain the issue of EU membership remains a
divisive one. As in Britain the
are more sympathetic to the European political project
as a recent
seminar at the Swiss embassy made clear no one believes that there is
even a remote prospect of Switzerland joining the EU in the
certainly disappoint the Conservative West Midlands pro-MEP Mr Philip
Bushill-Mathews who in 2005 in a robust defence of the EU in publication
'Who Rules Britannia?' an odd title as the majority of the electorate
know it is the despotic gang of crooks and plunderers in Brussels wrote:
'Step by step Switzerland is edging towards ever
By the way we
didn't notice his name amongst the
but we hope he will support the cause.
The formal position of Switzerland is that the 1992
application, to open talks on accession to the EU. remains frozen
following the rejection by the electorate in a
of the signed agreement by the
to join the EEA in 1992.
Since then the Swiss government has developed its EU
relations by two sets of bilateral agreements, both of which have been
approved by popular referendum.
In 2001 a proposal to commence EU
Accession negotiations was massively voted down.
The continuous stream of referendums on EU matters put before the Swiss
people since 1992 has led to well organised and vociferous opposition,
spearheaded by the Swiss People's Party (SVP).
There are two notable characteristics of Swiss politics
which have enabled the country to resist trends that elsewhere in Europe
have proved irresistible.
FIRST and most important of these is its system of cantonal democracy
which has existed largely unchanged since 1848. Under the system major
constitutional changes must be approved by a double majority system-that
is by a majority of voters and of cantons. Such changes are also subject
to a process of optional referendums which can be called for by 50,000
This has made it all but
impossible for ministers to bargain away democratic rights or to "share"
sovereignty as has been the case in other European states.
The system has ensured that the Swiss people are
NOW ON THE ALERT
and opponents of the
are ready and organised to resist further challenges.
[Our politicians since 1972 have been great give-away
merchants and are still doing so in September, 2007. All parties are
happy to destroy our democratic rights and pay billions to the EU which
has been estimated in the past 35 years to be over
the Defence Budget last year was
The cost each year to each man women and child in the UK
of being in the EU has now reached
SECOND, the confederal nature of Swiss politics together
with the country's traditions of direct democracy requires
[Not as in the UK]
Economic and Political realities.
For example, when the Swiss government produced its
EUROPE 2006 REPORT
which made a careful evaluation of the costs of various
alternative arrangements to
this highlighted all the costs of joining the EU.
The annual budgetary cost was put at
SF 3.4 billion (£1.41 billion)
As part of the rigoropus cost/benefit study of the type
the British government has been studiously avoiding for the last 34
years, the report frankly acknowledged the implications of abandoning
and spoke quite candidly of the
'negative fallout for the economy'
arising from membership of
It was equally candid about issues relating to the
country's external relations.
'..the purpose of Swiss foreign policy is to defend the national
interests, whether material or immaterial.'
Another attractive aspect of the Swiss political
tradition is that while ministers are obliged to bargain firmly for the
national interest they are scrupulous about observing agreements with
'Switzerland is the
most punctilious observer of
one of the EU academic acknowledged at the seminar
referred to above.
recent bilateral agreements arranged with the EU are very different from
the slipshod opt-outs negotiated by the British government from recent
is not altogether surprising: they have to be approved by a substantial
majority of the population
Take the free movement of persons. this is subject to the
ability of Switzerland to introduce quotas if there is an unsustainable
increase in the number of EU workers and is also subject to a referendum
in 2009 on whether to maintain the present agreement or NOT.
Moreover, the free
movement of persons is subject to caveats about proof of ability of
immigrants to support themselves.
One can contrast this with the British government's
carelessness about admissions of East European labour.
TO BE CONTINUED
WILL SAVE YOUR COUNTRY!telegraph.co.uk/eureferendu
THE PEOPLE HAVE
SPOKEN-IS THE EU COMMISSION LISTENING?
Ditch the EU TREATY after IRISH
[Daily Mail-Wednesday, June
MORE THAN HALF of voters believe Britain should
drop the controversial European Treaty in the wake of its
rejection in last week's
The poll comes as the Tories launch a last-ditch
bid in the
HOUSE of LORDS
today to delay the
have signed a
within the past few days
, calling on the
NOT TO RATIFY THE BILL
[WHY DON'T YOU?]
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'WE WANT OUT-WITHOUT
[Only an ultimatum by millions of
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RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
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MARTYERS WIN VICTORY OVER EU
SOFT TALK FROM EU ON EVE OF OUR
BATTLE AGAINST NEW TREATY-THEY
NOW BACK DOWN TO ALLOW IMPERIAL
MEASURES TO REMAIN FOR EVER
[Daily Mail - Tuesday, September 11,2007]
PROOF OF WHAT WE SAY-ONLY DIRECT
ACTION CAN GET RESULTS
to West Midlands MEP -who couldn't understand what imperial measures
meant 'to the people'.
In one word 'IDENTITY' now do
Let the people speak!
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