Denmark takes to the polls on EU opt-out stance

Yes supporters say changes will allow for a case-by-case opt-in system similar to Ireland

3rd December, 2015
Opinion polls suggest a tight race Credit: Getty

Voting is under way in a referendum on whether Denmark should change its two-decade-long opt-out system for EU justice and home affairs, affecting its membership in the European cross-border crime agency Europol.

The current opt-out system introduced in 1993 has allowed Denmark to stay out of all supranational EU policy areas in home affairs and justice.

However, following the 2009 Lisbon treaty, more EU cooperation is being transferred to a supranational level in reforms also affecting Europol.

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