PUBLISHED: 12:00, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:01, Thu, Sep 10, 2020
In language which closely mirrored Boris Johnson's criticisms of predecessor Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement, Roger Koeppel said the bloc wanted to make his country a "colony of Brussels". In a caustic attack, Mr Koeppel, a member of the country's National Council, and of the Swiss People's Party, lambasted the EU for its "domineering, patronising attitude". Mr Koeppel, speaking in advance of the Swiss referendum over freedom of movement between the EU and the Swiss Federation on September 27, said there was simmering resentment against the bloc in his country.
He explained: "The reason that I went into politics was because it was so embarrassing and so annoying how the EU behaves towards Switzerland, I decided it was not enough to write against this, I had to really participate.
"I think my perception was a feeling of annoyance towards the European Union, which is so domineering.
"They start harassing us, and attacking us, threatening us by saying if you don't vote like this, we will do that.
Roger Koeppel's remarks closely echoed those of Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
Boris Johnson also feared Britain becoming a "colony of Brussels" (Image: GETTY)
"And I think this kind of patronising attitude really annoys a lot of Swiss people, even those who don't have anything against Europe."
Journalist Mr Koeppel said the EU's behaviour was reflected in the historically low level of number of people who supported backed the idea of full membership.
He explained: "There were never fewer people who wanted to Switzerland to become a member of the EU - it is less than ten percent.
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The EU - led by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen - was patronising Switzerland, said Mr Koeppel (Image: GETTY)