Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Eyes Wide Shut: Danish Refuses Referendum on “Sovereignty” Grounds

James McConalogue of The European Foundation (London) said:

“After Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, concluded that Danish sovereignty would not be affected by the EU Reform Treaty, it is obvious that the Danish Parliament has reached this conclusion with their eyes wide shut. I feel that decision has not been made at the Danish Parliament at all, and this conclusion has been issued under Brussels’ coercion who want this Treaty signed on 13 December and then ratified, regardless of national democratic consent.”

“It is outrageous that the Danish Parliament would come to such a conclusion, as if they had not bothered to read let alone analyse the text before them. The Treaty clearly details power-sharing and sovereignty-surrendering – with Qualified Majority Voting being extended into substantial policy areas – which intrinsically threatens the fundamental nature of Danish sovereignty as it does with the United Kingdom. Nor has the Danish Parliament given sensible consideration for the powers accrued by the European Court of Justice, above and beyond its national courts.

“The subsequent of denial of a referendum in Denmark is a real shame. Democracy is dying its death across Europe, and frankly, more was expected from the Danish Parliament given their post-war commitment to a Europe of independent sovereign states. Time will tell what damage has been done to the various nations of Europe in the trial over the EU Reform Treaty and the refusal of national referendums.”

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