Professor Marlene Wind Explains the Danish EU referendum – University of Copenhagen

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02 December 2015

Professor Marlene Wind Explains the Danish EU referendum


Danes will decide on Thursday whether to give parliament the power to "opt-in" to certain European Union police and justice policies in a referendum that the "No" campaign has turned into a vote against the 28-member bloc.

In 1993 after the rejection of the Maastricht treaty the year before, Denmark negotiated and achieced to get  four so-called "opt-outs" from EU integration. Among these was one opt-out considering police and justice. But this opt-out is now taken up to reconsideration in the ambition to redesign the opt-out to be partial rather than complete in nature.

According to the recent opinion polls, voters are  evenly split with some giving a small lead for the "No" campaign within the surveys' margin of error. Some 20-30 percent of respondents are undecided, reflecting confusion and uncertainty surrounding the issue."The "Yes" camp has failed to really ask the fundamental question of where Denmark should place itself in the future of the EU," said Marlene Wind, professor at the University of Copenhagen. "There's no enthusiasm in the "Yes" camp at all; all they do is defend it as not being so bad.""That's definitely to the "No" side's advantage because people are completely alienated, have no clue what this is about. They'll say this is too confusing ... let me either stay at home or say 'No'."