Amid outrageous verbal attacks on the Swiss themselves — senior EU officials have been suggesting that “xenophobia” was behind the vote — out-of-touch European politicians and bureaucrats are even warning that Switzerland could lose its current bilateral access to the “common market” ruled by the emerging super-state in Brussels.
The EU, famous for ignoring the public to impose its will, has already started adopting the “consequences” promised by its apparatchiks. According to news reports, the unaccountable regime just suspended talks with Switzerland on incorporating Swiss utilities into the broader European energy market. “No technical negotiations on the electricity agreement are foreseen between Switzerland and the EU at the moment in light of the new situation,” European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen announced to reporters in Brussels on February 11. More pain has been promised.
With the neutral Alpine nation facing a tsunami of immigrants from Europe who do not share their generally liberty-minded values and culture, concerns over unrestricted immigration under bilateral treaties finally came to a boil this year. Already, some 25 percent of the population is foreign born — about two thirds of that total come from EU nations — and many native Swiss people have long felt that the nation was losing its culture. With Switzerland’s freer economy leaving the EU in the dust in terms of growth, wages, wealth, innovation, and employment, the influx of foreigners showed no signs of easing.
In response to the situation, the center-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the nation’s largest, organized the referendum to seek public input on the issue — a common occurrence in Switzerland, where the people get the final say if they want it. Voters narrowly decided that curbs on immigration were needed, with 50.3 percent voting to scrap a 2002 deal with the EU allowing “free movement” of people across the borders. A majority of cantons also backed the proposal. The Swiss federal government, which opposed the limits before the vote, will reluctantly begin implementing a quota system sometime this year in accordance with the referendum result.
Foreign ministers from formerly sovereign nations across Europe, whose governments continue to impose more “integration” and unaccountable governance on the peoples of the bloc without their consent, lambasted the Swiss decision. Multiple officials even claimed infinite immigration was somehow a “sacred principle” for Europe. Ironically, however, all across the controversial bloc, liberty-minded parties seeking to put the brakes on unlimited mass immigration are soaring in the polls. From France and the United Kingdom to the Netherlands and beyond, European voters are becoming increasingly weary of what critics say is a power-hungry regime with totalitarian tendencies in Brussels.
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