A petition for stricter rules has been filed
Launched at the beginning of the year by the collective “Moutier, the friends of the Bernese Jura”, a petition asking that the change of canton of a municipality can not be done in the future without the agreement of a majority of two third of the voters (and not by a simple majority) was filed at the beginning of the month with the federal parliamentary services, provided with 77 signatures.
Avoid majorities of chance
Founder of the group, Vaudois’ financial advisor Francois Meylan acknowledges that the period was not necessarily conducive to collecting signatures “But ultimately the number of signatures does not matter. The goal is to provoke the debate, to put this subject on the agenda of the committees of the two chambers of the Federal Parliament, ” comments the one who is known to fight against separatism in several European countries, and in particular in Spain. .
“In recent years, we have witnessed a rise in identity nationalism. The example of Moutier, but also of Catalonia, shows that these decisions linked to identities are often taken by very narrow majorities.”
“If we repeated these polls two or three years later, the decision would perhaps tip over to the other camp. Matters of this importance should not be decided by such a narrow majority,” he believes.
Remember that a motion filed along the same lines is also pending resolution by the Grand Council of Bern.
Image: The PLR deputy at the Grand Council and president of the Bernese Jura Council Virginie Heyer asks for the support of the canton to prevent new communalist votes.