20 years of ‘No’ to the EU

Almost 20 years ago, on December 6, 1992, Swiss referendum voters rejected their country’s membership of the European Economic Area. The vote completely blocked EU membership, but did not prevent the signing of several bilateral agreements between the Union and the Helvetic Confederation. On December 2, during a supporters’ rally, the leader of the UDC (Union of the Democratic Centre, traditionally conservative), Christoph Bloche, said that “the situation is as dangerous as in 1992.” According to him, the Federal Council, the Swiss executive, is about to try to take the country into the EU.*

Raymond Burki (b. 1949) is a Swiss cartoonist. His works are published in the Lausanne daily 24 heures

Ack: Presseurop

* It would seem from this article and this that the Federal Council will have a fight on their hands.

2 Responses

  1. graham wood says:

    Bloche is surely right to describe the move as “dangerous”.
    No doubt the astute Swiss will organise a petition of 100,000 before we can say ‘Federal Council’ – at least they have legal right to a referenda process.
    Also if this transpires it will put increased pressure on the spineless Cameron to listen to agitation in the UK for a long promised referendum also.

  2. DP111 says:

    Economies rise and fall, but if Switzerland joins the EU or the EEA, it will lose more then money – it will lose the right to decide for itself what is good for it, on all issues.

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