Over the past several years, as
So when news came this week that it now looks likely that Denmark will hold an ‘EU referendum' next year, it may have seemed like welcome news for the British Conservatives. Cameron has attracted a large amount of ill will on the continent by scheduling an in/out EU referendum for the
in 2017. But why should Britain
be singled out for scorn, when the Danes are holding their own EU referendum?
However the Danish case is a very different animal. The British referendum will be a vote on a theoretical new EU-UK relationship which the government will negotiate, giving the
opt-outs from EU law. The Danish referendum will be the opposite – a vote on
whether to end the opt-outs Denmark
negotiated for itself back in 1992.