Danish voters reject proposal to scrap justice & home affairs opt-out in referendum

Democracy wins despite establishment scare-campaign.

December 4th, 2015

Europeans United for Democracy (EUD) welcomes the Danish No vote in the referendum December 3rd 2015.

When citizens are consulted on further EU integration they tend to say no. Again Democracy won in the face of an establishment scare-campaign seeking to erode national sovereignty and move power from the people to parliament and the EU. The Danish yes side had claimed there was no real alternative to voting yes and abolishing the 23 year old opt-out secured after the first Danish rejection of Maastricht, however, polling in the final weeks preceding the vote showed that Danes did not believe the yes-parties arguments, including that Danish cooperation with Europol would be threatened by a no vote. The clear outcome of the referendum could lead to Denmark negotiating a parallel agreement with Europol along the Norwegian model.

EUD Vice-President and leading Danish No-campaigner Lave K. Broch from the People’s Movement against the EU reacted to the outcome saying:
“A majority of Danes rejected a proposal to give the EU supranational powers in the area of justice and home affairs in Denmark. This was the best outcome for democracy. Now people will have more influence over the justice policy than in a situation where power over different justice questions would be handed over to the EU. We are the only nation in the EU that has such a referendum, other countries could learn from Denmark and allow citizens to decide if the EU should have supranational powers on justice policy.”

EUD President Patricia McKenna said:
“The Danish people in their wisdom have taken the correct approach and have rejected adopting the Irish and the British model, whereby both these countries have adopted an opt-in approach.  This means that the governments in both these member states can opt-in to aspects of Justice and Home Affairs policy, that they do not already take part in, without recourse to the people.  This approach which the Danish were being encouraged to adopt basically gives governments a blank check which they can cash at will without the approval of their peoples.  It is deeply regrettable that in most EU member states all control over policy in this area has been handed over from national parliaments to supranational institutions where democratic control and accountability are virtually impossible. The Danish voters made the right choice as they have not ceded power on these matters to unaccountable institutions.”

The participation rate was 72% with 2.9 million ballots cast. The clear outcome and the people’s No must be respected.

Picture: Lave K. Broch from the People’s Movement against the EU delivering his victory speech.


"If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue'." Jean Claude Juncker, leading up to the 2005 French referendum on the EU Constitution.
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