Switzerland Withdraws Application To Join EU: Only "Lunatics May Want To Join Now"

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Resentment toward the EU hit a new high yesterday when the upper house of the Swiss parliament on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of Iceland, and voted to invalidate its 1992 application to join the European Union, backing an earlier decision by the lower house. The vote comes just a week before Britain decides whether to leave the EU in a referendum. Twenty-seven members of the upper house, the Council of States, voted to cancel Switzerland’s longstanding EU application, versus just 13 senators against. Two abstained the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported.

Thomas Minder, counsellor for the state of Schaffhausen and an active promoter of the concept of “Swissness,” said he was eager to “close the topic fast and painlessly” as only “a few lunatics” may want to join the EU now, he told the newspaper.

In the aftermath of the vote, Switzerland would give formal notice to the EU to consider its application withdrawn, the country’s foreign minister, Didier Burkhalter, was quoted as saying by Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The original motion was introduced by the conservative Swiss People’s Party MP, Lukas Reimann. It had already received overwhelming support from legislators in the lower house of parliament in March, with 126 National Council deputies voting in favor, and 46 against.

Hannes Germann, also representing Schaffhausen, highlighted the symbolic importance of the vote, comparing it to Iceland’s decision to drop its membership bid in 2015. “Iceland had the courage and withdrew the application for membership, so no volcano erupted,” he said, jokingly.

Damian Mueller of the Free Democratic Party said it was necessary “to make a clean sweep”.

Others argued that it was a pointless discussion as the EU no longer considers Switzerland a candidate country. Filippo Lombardi of the Christian Democratic People’s Party said that it was “not very clever to discuss it once again,” calling the debate about Switzerland’s accession at this stage “a bit ridiculous”.

To be sure, Switzerland’s longstanding application to join the EU has not had a significant impact on the country’s politics for more than 20 years, as its accession negotiations have been suspended since 1992 in the wake of a referendum to join the European Economic Area, when the Swiss voted down the idea of closer ties with the EU.

Coming one week before the Brexit referendum it will be seen as highly symbolic, however, and may give further impetus to the Leave campaign.

Cited by the Spectator, Christoph Blocher, the Swiss former MP who led the charge to keep Switzerland out of the EU in 1992, said that Project Fear was deployed in that referendum, too. One politician predicted at the time that if it didn’t join, within five years it would be begging to do so “on its knees”.

In fact, those predictions never came to pass. “The Monday after the Sunday, the Bourse rose,” Mr. Blocher recalls. 

But he agrees that Britain wouldn’t get the same deal as the Swiss post-Brexit: “No, you’d get a much better deal.”

His conclusion: “I think if you [Britain] leave the EU it will be very good for you.”

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kliguy38's picture

I'm smellin' a big nail gun in your future

Looney's picture

Only "Lunatics May Want To Join Now"

No, I don’t!   ;-)


LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Looney Jun 17, 2016 11:27 AM

Rational people prevailed.  WTF?!?!

Harlequin001's picture

Well you know what they say, mad dogs and Englishmen...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Couldn't they delay the vote until someone got murdered?

froze25's picture

Look at that Britain has a trading partner already.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture
Only "Lunatics May Want To Join Now, or even stay in""


There, fixed it for ya


Damn XAU, my bad, props

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) SoilMyselfRotten Jun 17, 2016 12:32 PM

How's the Apple position holding up?

BlindMonkey's picture

I like the concept of "Swissness".  Can I have a double dose of "Americanness" too?

XAU XAG's picture

” as only “a few lunatics” may want to join the EU now, he told the newspaper.




Brexit slogon

"as only "a few lunatics" may want to stay in the EU now.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Uh-oh. Not good for the Brimain traitors.

They'd better cook up another "right wing attack on a Labour MP" and pronto.

kananga's picture

That's it then. Ukrainians = Lunatics.

Northern Lights's picture

Awesome, now all they need is a Brexit and it's finished.

nibiru's picture

Exactly the British are voting for something bigger than themselves - they vote for whether the EU will survive or not.


Brexit means that the EU is going to go down quicker than expected, let's hope for that!


rwe2late's picture


but what's that about

"mad dogs and Englishmen"?

shovelhead's picture

Go out in the midday sun.

Or stay in the EU.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

It's the title of an old song from ca. 1930s by Noel Coward about the stubborn impracticality of British colonials in the tropics who insisted on working during the heat of the day rather than taking a siesta.  "Mad dogs and Englishmen stay out in the midday sun."

Nero_Hedge's picture

Bout to get interesting!

Aubiekong's picture

Now save your culture and exile all muslims...

Volaille de Bresse's picture

The EU tried to buttfuck Switzerland over their banking system. The Swiss are happy to shove it to the EU.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Soon enough Switzerland will remain an only decent place in Europe, shielded as always from madness around. Just like in old times, armies and hordes going back and forth, but small country in Alps untouched.

voxpopuli's picture

... why "join now" ? even "join before", or "at all" ... it's true that only lunatics may have had, or have, or will have any kind of interest ..... 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


it's true that only lunatics may have had, or have, or will have any kind of interest

But Turkey's application has been pending even longer.

Oh, wait, that's right...


baldknobber's picture

If I had applied for membership somewhere over 20 years ago and they hadn't gotten around to making a decision I would have told them to fuck off long before now

True Blue's picture

More than anything that probably had to do with the Swiss stubbornly maintaining their neutrality.

The EU is obviously a NATO only club -join one and you de facto join the other.

Russia figured that out.

centerline's picture

Another nail in the EU coffin.

KimAsa's picture

Fuck the Pee U

Chuckster's picture

On a long enough time line the earth will cleanse itself.

Bankster Kibble's picture

There's always Turkey . . .

semperfi's picture

they're almost in - they only have 10 more satanic child sacrafices to go...

Vageling's picture

Which is runned by a lunatic so it is a very accurate statement.

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Jun 17, 2016 11:37 AM

Lunatics?  Lenny Schultz is one of the best!!




Go crazy Lenny!!!

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jun 17, 2016 11:37 AM

Send Switzerland more Migrants

dogismycopilot's picture

In the Sci Fi book "The Tripods", aliens take over the world. The Middle East is most easily conquered by the mind control of the aliens as they are used to praying to Allah. In Europe, the strong people move to Switzerland and fight the aliens from the mountains. 

I love the Swiss. Stay strong.

semperfi's picture

hmmm - and all this time I thought my wife called me "The Tripod" cuz she thought I was well endowed - oh well

mary mary's picture

"Magnificently"?   :-)

mary mary's picture

Tyrannosaurus Rex's cousin, Trirannosaurus Rex, was legendary in His day.

Allen_H's picture

I am partial to Giger, in his viewpoint they all come here to destroy humanity.

fbazzrea's picture

or the enslavement without their knowledge a la "Truman Show".

semperfi's picture

wow - the home of Rothschild - hence Rothschild, overlord of the western underworld - gives the EU commision the finger - wow

mary mary's picture

I think the Rothschild family got their start in Germany.

Wait!  Is Germany the EU country welcoming Turkey's ISIS Terrorists into Europe with open arms?

adanata's picture


semperfi   +100 Indeed, the Barons must not want that riffraff in their own backyard.

youngman's picture

And Spain is up soon too

Boxed Merlot's picture

So the one thing that unifies is that they remain separate.

Got it.

SmittyinLA's picture

Look for the Swiss to "protect their voter roles" next and cull people like Michele Bachmann

Emergency Ward's picture

The Brussels elitists are looking at each other and saying, "He's not referring to us, is he?"

SmittyinLA's picture

Like the sub-prime collapse the EU insiders will again make hyper-leveraged bets to "short the public" and screw everybody again.