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Denmark: the Battle to Avoid a Referendum

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This chapter outlines the Danish policy in respect to the IGC 2000 and shows how the ensuing Nice Treaty was received in Denmark, by the government and the political parties. Denmark was the first Member State to ratify the Treaty of Nice. A majority of the Danish people support economic integration in Europe as long as it does not affect Danish autonomy too much. In connection with the Amsterdam Treaty negotiations a special mechanism was established for preparation of a Danish policy. The Unity List and the Danish People's Party wanted the government to use its veto against more QMV, especially QMV which might undermine the Danish arrangements concerning welfare and labour market policies. In the end the Folketing authorised ratification of the Treaty of Nice with 98 votes in favour and 14 against. The Treaty of Nice was accepted by the Parliament without a referendum.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; Danish People's Party; Denmark; Euro referendum; IGC 2000; Nice Treaty; QMV



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