Piero Marchesi warned about the consequences of Switzerland’s membership in the single market and insisted Brexit proved a new deal can be disputed with Brussels. Mr Marchesi, who sits on the Swiss National Council and is also the mayor of Monteggio, said Britain was in a better position than Switzerland since cutting ties with the EU last December.
He said: “Brexit shows that Switzerland can also withdraw its agreement with the EU.
“The Federal Council is asked to immediately open new negotiations with Brussels so that the freedom of movement agreement can be discussed again with the aim of safeguarding the bilateral agreement.
“The free trade agreement recently signed by the EU with the UK following Brexit covers not only trade in goods and services but also various other sectors of European interest such as investment, competition, state aid, fiscal transparency, air and road transport, energy and sustainability, fisheries, data protection, and social security coordination.
“It can therefore be said that Britain, as a former member of the EU, is now in a better situation than Switzerland.”
Mr Marchesi said Switzerland regulated its relationship with the EU through bilateral agreements but never restored immigration management chosen by citizens in 2014 with the approval of the popular “Stop Mass Immigration” movement.
He said the freedom of movement agreement had caused many problems for Switzerland over the past 20 years and would now be renegotiated.
He said: “Excessive increases in immigration – one million new immigrants from the EU in 13 years – an explosion in social costs to immigrant interests, overuse of land, creating a significant need for new infrastructure and – most importantly – replacement of Swiss and existing workers. settle down with new immigrants. “
He continued: “The recent agreement signed by Britain with Brussels shows that the EU is open to a different solution than the one currently arranged with Switzerland through a bilateral agreement.
“The European Union with Britain has created an important precedent that Switzerland should take advantage of to maintain good trade relations with the EU, but also to resolve, or at least reduce, the inconveniences created by free movement agreements and from uncontrolled immigration.”
Mr Marchesi’s call for freedom of movement to be re-examined comes amid growing disillusionment with the country’s EU relations.
FDP politician Thierry Burkart said the institutional agreement between Switzerland and the EU limits Swiss sovereignty.
Other Swiss organizations do not stand united in support of the current Institutional Agreement between the EU and Switzerland.
Both the Economiesuisse company union and the Swiss Free Democratic Party disagreed with the European Court’s role in the agreement.
Critics of the deal with the European Union are concerned about having to deal with “foreign judges” in connection with the European Court.
After Britain successfully brokered a deal with the European Union which meant the European Court would not act as an arbitral tribunal, several Swiss politicians asked Switzerland for a similar deal.
(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)
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