‘Belligerent Bully’ Farage CONDEMNS EU Treatment Of Switzerland
Eurocrats trying to bully Switzerland into accepting its rules and the jurisdiction of the European Court Of Justice have been slammed by Nigel Farage as ‘belligerent bullies’ while furious Swiss politicians have been lining up to demand a referendum which could see Switzerland completely sever its ties with the EU.
Switzerland had expected its stock exchanges to be granted full access to EU markets after it paid €1.1bn in funding to help support the bloc’s poorer member states. But Brussels has tied talks about granting Switzerland financial market “equivalence” to long-running political negotiations about overhauling Bern’s relationship with the EU. It wants to unify a swath of bilateral agreements that allow Switzerland access to the single market so that the bilateral deals keep pace with changes to European law.
Swiss politicians of all hues have responded with a wave of anger led by President Doris Leuthard who called for a “fundamental referendum” on the countries relations with the EU.
Mr Farage characteristically took no prisoners in his response:
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“The Swiss always vote no to the EU and I’m sure they will again.
“They can see the advantages of being a small but adaptable and economically successful country far outweighs being bullied by the European Union and restricted by its regulations.
“The closer you get to Brussels the more it’s face as a belligerent bully is exposed.
“The Swiss would be crazy to allow themselves to be put under the power of the ECJ and harmful EU regulation.
“Switzerland is already a success as an independent country and I’m sure that won’t change.”
Clearly, the EU wants more control over Switzerland so it can leech off the Swiss success story, especially as many countries continue to struggle with the economic chaos caused by the Euro. It is up to the Swiss people to resist this imposition.