Helvexit?

A EU flag flies beside Switzerland’s national flag near the German-Swiss border in Rheinfelden, Germany, March 11, 2019. (Arnd WIegmann/Reuters)
The fissure in U.S. politics also runs through Europe.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T hey want out, and they aren’t even in.

While the United Kingdom flounders through its divorce from the European Union, Switzerland is holding a national referendum that would sever key parts of the Swiss-EU relationship. Independent-minded Switzerland has never become a formal EU member, but it is as a practical matter economically integrated into the union, and, to an extent, socially integrated as well.

That integration is the result of Switzerland’s being a member of the Schengen area, which facilitates the free movement of people across European borders. Swiss people generally do not need a visa to work or reside in an

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