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Migration Pact: the Federal Council provoked another controversy

Bern, The Federal Council is fueling the dispute to the UN migration Pact again. He decided on Friday that the Pact the European Parliament. A referendum should not exist. The government applies a tactical maneuver: you want to submit the Pact in the Form of a simple Federal decree, not a Referendum can be taken. This now leads to fierce criticism.

"The Federal Council of tricking the people," says SVP-group chief Thomas Aeschi. The government forget that the Pact affects the population and the parliamentarians. "The SVP will do all in our power to ensure that the Pact is not smuggled to the people passing by." For CVP-President Gerhard Pfister, the decision is "incomprehensible," as he says. "It was clearly the intention of Parliament that the Pact must be submitted to the people." From his point of view, the Federal Council makes a "political error". "He brings once more the impression that he wanted to bypass the people when making important decisions."

No closed Opposition

that's not enough: as before, the binding force of the Pact will be hot. As this week was adopted in Morocco, the Pact formally, said a UN spokesman: The document had to be implemented because of the "legally binding" nature of the participating States of the national. So far, it was said, however, the Pact is not legally binding, only political. In addition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left in the German Parliament announced that the Pact will be after the adoption of the "all valid". Next week, a vote in the UN General Assembly will take place in New York. Which for Switzerland means that the Pact is also valid, if she should reject him?

From the point of view of the foreign Department (EDA) is such a conclusion wrong. The Pact will be in the sense of valid that he was following the vote, an official UN document. "Politically binding but it is only for States that have consented to the migration Pact," writes the EDA upon request. In addition, it emphasizes that the Pact "was a non-legally binding cooperation framework". It was recorded in the document itself.

in Spite of this confusion, the impact of the Pact, the Opposition in Switzerland are no longer closed. FDP-Nationalrat Hans-Peter Portmann was one of the first to call for a referendum on the migration Pact. Now he takes on the government: "The Federal Council uses its room for manoeuvre. He is not obliged to have a referendum of the eligible decision."

port man: "The reality in the Parliament is different from"

Aeschi such statements go down well. First, the FDP organizing a large theatre, at the first resistance you a break, however, he says. "With the criticism of the migration Pact the liberals wanted to fight only our self-determination initiative. Now that the voting is over, all is forgotten." Port man resists: "I am of the view that the people should vote on the Pact." But the reality in Parliament look different. The majority of wool may give advice to the Pact, but not to the people. "The SVP is trying to go with the head through the wall." Thus, the migration Pact has ensured now between SVP and the FDP dispute has broken out. (Sunday newspaper)

Created: 16.12.2018, 07:07 PM

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