Swiss Earmark rejects $ 6.5 billion immigration cap for jets

Neutral Switzerland voted to buy new fighter jets for a thin the margin of 6 billion francs ( $ 6.5 billion) from razors, while citizens rejected a "worse than Brexit" ban on immigration.

 

Swiss Earmark rejects $ 6.5 billion immigration cap for jets

On Sunday, only 50.2% of voters supported spending in the national referendum, with less than 10,000 ballots separating the "yes" and "no" camps. However, the EU's proposal to introduce new immigration restrictions was defeated’ by a narrow margin.

 

"The Swiss military will be able to carry out its duties in the future," Defense Minister Viola Amherd told a news conference in Bern, thanking voters for approving funding for the planes.

 

After gaining public support, the government will have to decide what kind of aircraft and how many to buy. Bids were invited’ from Dassault Aviation SA of France, Airbus SE, Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

 

Emerald insisted that the election be announced’ in the middle of next year, with a maximum of 6 billion francs to be spent.

 

"If we can buy enough planes that are reasonable and cheap, we will definitely look into that," he said. "No one can talk about a blank check."

 

Local help

Whichever company wins the aircraft deal will be required to place an order in the country equal to 60% of the purchase price of the new aircraft. The initiative is designed’ to help local industry.

 

The government wants to modernize the Air Force, as its existing fleet will need to retire in 2030. He argues that planes are necessary for the country's security, while heads of state also attend the World Economic Forum in Davos.

 

Critics, however, say fighter jets are not necessary for a small country in the middle of Europe, and that they will not work well in the face of threats such as cyber-attacks or natural disasters.

 

Immigration stop

By rejecting immigration restrictions from the European Union, Switzerland refrained from pursuing a confrontation with Brussels and causing lasting damage to its economy.

 

Justice Minister Crane Keller-Starr said that 61.7 percent of the electorate rejected the move and the people showed that they wanted a solid and lasting relationships with our most important trading partner.

 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was considering "positive signals" to deepen relations.

 

The government and business groups have campaigned against the proposed ban on immigration, saying it has forced Switzerland to block an important economic deal with the European Union that covers everything from immigration to transport and public procurement. Highlights matters.

 

Keller Sutter told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper in August that the cancellation would be "worse than Brexit."

 

Yet the anti-immigration Swiss People's Party has for years tried to stem the flow of newcomers, saying it depresses locals' wages and causes housing shortages. About a quarter of Switzerland's 8.5 million people are not citizens.

 

There were several other measures on Sunday's ballot, including a 14-day paid leave for a new father. It was also’ approved.


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