Rebecca Adler-Nissen explains the Danish "No" in the latest EU referendum – University of Copenhagen

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06 December 2015

Rebecca Adler-Nissen explains the Danish "No" in the latest EU referendum

EU, REFERENDUM, OPT-IN, VOTER PREFERENCES

Adler-Nissen finds that the complexity of the question of replacing the Danish opt-out with an opt-in solution led many to vote based on their gut feeling.

Since 1993, Denmark has been exempt from large parts of the EU's criminal justice and home affairs system. Two days ago, the Danes was asked whether they wanted to remain exempt, or replace the opt-out with an opt-in solution similar to the opt-in model applied by the UK and Ireland.

The Danes voted no to the new model. This surprised the Danish Prime Minister as well as a number of EU enthusiasts who saw the opinion polls move from a large ‘yes’ to a significant ‘no’ during the month leading up to the election December third.

Associate Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen explains that the complexity of the question led many to vote with their hearts. As such, the referendum became less a question about the specific criminal and justice legislative acts that the ‘yes’ parties recommended to join, and more about the question of Denmark's overall relationship with the EU.

Read the whole article 'Uncertainty' fuels Danish EU referendum No vote here.