Friday 26 May 2017

Danes vote in referendum on EU ties

Voters in Denmark are going to the polls over the country's relationship with the EU
Voters in Denmark are going to the polls over the country's relationship with the EU

Denmark is voting in a referendum on whether to have closer ties with the European Union or continue a decades-old opt-out from justice affairs that would end ties with Europol.

The vote comes as the European law-enforcement agency is preparing to increase its role in fighting terrorism.

Last week, the 28-member bloc changed the role of the European police agency, including banning opt-outs from EU justice policies for full members.

Danes are voting in Thursday's poll on whether to annul the 23-year-old waiver or find themselves on the sidelines of the agency with no say in decision-making.

The pro-EU centre-right government argues that ending the opt-out would give Danes more say within the bloc, while opponents claim the opposite would happen - Danes will lose even more sovereignty to Brussels.

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