Friday, June 03, 2005

Danes abandon EU treaty

Copenhagen Post:

Support for the new EU treaty is waning in Denmark after Dutch and French voters rejected the treaty earlier this week. 40 percent of voters are against the treaty, compared with 31 percent who plan to say yes

Denmark has turned against the new European Union constitutional treaty. Three opinion polls reveal Danish attitudes toward the new EU treaty shifting dramatically since Dutch and French voters rejected the treaty earlier this week.

According to a survey conducted by Greens for business daily Børsen, 39.5 percent of Danes would vote no for the treaty, compared with 30.8 percent who would vote yes. Undecided voters still make up 29.7 percent of the population.

Just last month, Greens found that naysayers represented only 26 percent of the voters, while 34.3 percent of the population expected to vote yes on the treaty.

The Danish People's Party, which opposes the treaty and has called upon the government to call off Denmark's referendum on 27 September, found encouragement in the new figures.

Morten Messerschmidt, the party's spokesman on EU affairs, was pleased with the change in public opinion.

'You can't count your chickens before they are hatched, but this is great news. I think the government should follow the Danish People's Party proposal about not holding a referendum. It seems pointless, since there isn't anything to vote on, now that France and Holland have said no,' said Messerschmidt.

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