Switzerland votes 'No' to EU membership, supports Brexit
The National Council - the lower house of the Swiss parliament - voted through a proposal that Switzerland should no longer be seen as a country preparing to join the EU. The withdrawal motion will now go to the upper house, Council of States.
After rejecting EU membership by 76% in 2001, the Swiss formally pull their application, and invite us to join them. https://t.co/QorAhgqByi— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) March 2, 2016
The decision will be a boost for those campaigning for Britain to leave the EU in the forthcoming In-Out referendum on the UK's membership of the union. Eurosceptics argue that Britain would be better out of the EU, which many see as a sprawling bureaucracy that has taken powers away from Westminster.
Norway & Switzerland, the 2 most prosperous nations on earth, somehow manage to struggle by without being in the EU. pic.twitter.com/ZaH9bsw66y— Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK) March 3, 2016