ZURICH May 9 The Swiss politician behind a
campaign to limit immigration from the European Union said on
Friday he was vacating his seat in parliament to concentrate on
opposing closer ties with the 28-nation bloc.
"I can better lead the fight against threats to Switzerland
outside of parliament," Christoph Blocher said in an interview
released on his online video platform. "The threats are joining
the EU, free movement of people, and the implementation of
Blocher, a billionaire industrialist, said he would remain
in politics as vice president of the Swiss People's Party, which
has led a campaign to curtail immigration from the EU.
Swiss voters backed the immigration limits in February,
calling Switzerland's bilateral accords with the EU into
question and unsettling Swiss businesses, which rely heavily on
(Reporting by Alice Baghdjian; Editing by Larry King)