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25th Mar 2017

Danish PM faces referendum struggle

More than two thirds of Danes are unaware of the European Constitution a new poll revealed today (25 August).

The survey, produced by PLS Rambøll and published by Jyllands-Posten indicated that 61% of Danes are unaware of the Constitution text drafted by the European Convention over 17 months.

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  • HENRIK DAM KRISTENSEN - A Danish Parliament representative on the Convention claims the government is not doing enough to make the Constitution known (Photo: Folketinget)

Of those aware of the Constitution, a mere 18% say they would be ready to approve it today. Some 39% would vote against had they been asked by referendum, the survey revealed.

The Danes famously voted against the Maastricht treaty and later the euro in referenda. On this form Anders Fogh Rasmussen could become the latest Danish Prime Minister to lose an popular vote on EU intergration.

Mr Rasmussen announced earlier this month that he will hold a referendum on the constitution sometime in 2004.

The People's Movement against the EU welcomed the result and said supporters of a European Constitution were suffering serious problems.

But supporters sought to play down the result.

Henrik Dam Kristensen, Social democrat MP who represented the Danish Parliament on the Convention said all Danish referenda had been fought up hill before adding that the Centre-Right government had not done enough to make the Constitution known.

Liberal MP Charlotte Antonsen defended the government and said it was positive that one third of the Danes already were aware of the draft Constitution.

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