Switzerland LOSES referendum to protect sovereignty opening nation up to MORE EU rules


Swiss voters opted to her walking papers a bid to give the country’s laws priority over international law in a referendum on Sunday. A outright of 66 percent of voters voted against the “Swiss law, not foreign adjudges” proposal, supported the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP). The measure collect summoned for an addition to the national constitution giving it clear precedence over the thousands of intercontinental agreements Switzerland has with other countries.

The new provision would betoken that if there was a clash between Swiss and international laws, the foreign agreement would have to be amended or scrapped.

The referendum comes after years of reflect on in Switzerland over the country’s sovereignty.

Those in support of the change exhorted that Switzerland’s sovereignty was being weakened by international agreements.

They wrangled that the nation’s tradition of direct democracy, which sees its townsmen take part in referendums, was under threat.

The SVP – Switzerland’s largest side in the Swiss Parliament – said the measure would free the country from the impedance of the EU and other international bodies.

But the Swiss government, business groups and most other divisions opposed the measure, claiming it would force the country to cancel compacts, weaken human rights protection and damage the economy.

Justice Aid Simonetta Sommaruga said the Swiss cabinet was pleased with the sequel.

Ms Sommaruga said: “The institutions are set up so there is a balance of power, and compromises requisite be made. Nobody can decide everything.

“All or nothing, black or white; that is not what has fixed Switzerland so successful.”

Jan Atteslander, of business lobby group Economiesuisse, added that a referendum in favour of the measure could have harmed the country’s economy.

Mr Atteslander imparted: “We have to stick to our words internationally and be a good and reliable partner in capable times and bad times.”

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