Friday, June 10, 2005

Commissioner: Danish EU vote a lost cause

A week before European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the fate of the EU constitutional treaty, the European Commission has given up its hope to see Denmark or any other nation go to the vote on the constitution, the commission's vice chairman, Swedish Margot Wallström, told daily newspaper Politiken. Wallström said she expected the governments of EU member countries to 'stop the clock' next week, after both France and Holland rejected the treaty, and Great Britain cancelled its national referendum. 'We can no longer expect the Danish referendum to be carried out,' she said. 'After the British decision to suspend it, the process has really been halted.' Up till now, both commission chairman José Manuel Barroso and the Luxembourg presidency have urged Denmark to carry out its 27 September referendum as planned. Other countries with pending plebiscites, such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Ireland, have already opened up a possibility for postponing or canceling their votes, while the Danish government has insisted it would wait for the European Council summit in Brussels on 16-17 June. After meeting with his British colleague Tony Blair on Thursday, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen maintained his decision. 'It's impossible to say whether we will vote,' he said. 'It depends entirely on the summit.'


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