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The Case of Denmark: Voting, the European Union and the Constitution

  • Peter GjortlerEmail author
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Abstract

The evolution of voting patterns in Denmark over Europe including its successful accession process in 1972 and unsuccessful attempt at removing some of Denmark’s permanent opting-out clauses since the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 are covered from a legal perspective here. Under section 20 of the Danish Constitution of 1849, which established a constitutional monarchy, transfers of sovereignty must be specific and well circumscribed. Whenever transfers of sovereignty to international organisations are involved, referendums are generally given much importance as instruments of direct democracy. Yet, referendums can only be used if the required parliamentary majority of five-sixths has not been reached. If citizens’ access to the constitutional review of statutes involving transfers of sovereignty likely to affect them was initially limited, it has now become easier for them to challenge the constitutionality of an Accession Act.

Keywords

European Union Maastricht Treaty Lisbon Treaty European Union Accession European Community Treaty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of LawRigaLatvia

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