The Swiss parliament has voted to withdraw the country’s long-standing application to join the European Union (EU) amid a row on immigration.
The National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament, voted by 126 to 46 to formally withdraw the application, 24 years after the country first applied for membership of what was then the European Community (EC). The withdrawal motion will now go to the Council of States.
Lukas Reimann of the Swiss People’s Party proposed the motion, arguing it was “high time” to withdraw the application, and that Switzerland should no longer be treated as a country that wants to join the EU.
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