Switzerland has ruled out letting the European Union decide how its citizens live their lives and the Swiss parliament has rejected a proposal that would have allowed it to do so.
Switzerland’s lower house of parliament rejected a bill introduced by lawmaker Christian Klaas on Tuesday that would give the European Commission powers to regulate how citizens’ private lives are managed.
The proposed amendment was first proposed by Swiss politician Christian Klammer in January.
He said the EU has too much power and said that the European Court of Justice should be given the final say.
But the measure was defeated by a vote of 123 to 11.
In a statement on its website, the Swiss government said that while the European Parliament and European Commission have been the main actors in the process, the parliament has a right to veto the EU decision.
Klammer said the proposal would have been too vague, too restrictive and would have prevented Switzerland from having a fair and impartial approach to the EU.
“We don`t have the legal right to say that the rules and regulations of the EU are good or bad for the citizens of Switzerland,” he said.
Klaas said he wants the proposal to be approved by a referendum, but he did not expect it to become law as planned.
Swiss lawmakers in December approved a law that would allow Switzerland to set up its own institutions and regulate its own affairs for the first time in more than 200 years.
Sweden, which has the second-highest number of EU citizens in the bloc, is the third-biggest economy in the 28-nation bloc.
Swedish President Sauli Niinisto has warned against the possibility of a “second Switzerland” in the EU, but European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the union could remain an independent country.