Letter: Swiss breath of fresh air

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Sir: May I suggest that your leading article 'No lorries in the Swiss backyard' (22 February) is a little unfair? Any 'Nimby' suggestion is undermined by the fact that the Swiss have already rejected membership of the EU, so are consistent.

Your suggestion that, with the denial of the St Gotthard route, goods will have to be sent by air or rail is ludicrous. There are already perfectly good routes through the Alps via France and Austria, and more can be provided in the decade of grace allowed.

I know that it appears outrageous in Britain that the majority will of the people, expressed in a truly democratic manner, should defy the will of government. But surely in a paper such as the Independent, this should be a matter for celebration?

Yours sincerely,


Chew Magna,


22 February