If Britain chooses to opt-out of parts of its EU involvement, it will leave
the table alone, with none of the other 26 EU countries following it out of
the door, Denmark’s Europe Minister Nicolai Wammen told the international
While Denmark supported a flexible approach to the speed of the European
Union, with euro countries taking the necessary steps to bring the euro
economies back on track, Wammen said Britain had adopted a different
“They have made it clear that they want to opt out of parts of what they are
participating in right now in the European Union,” Wammen told reporters at
the Copenhagen International Press Centre.
“If Britain chooses to leave the table in some of these areas, then it is
Britain’s choice. I also however have to be very clear that if they walk out
of some of those rooms, they will walk out of them alone,” the Europe
Minister said, adding Denmark would not follow suit.
“We do not see the path for Denmark to go in reverse when it comes to EU
membership. We want to be an active partner, and in some areas if we believe
it will be in the interest of Denmark we are ready to take further steps
towards EU integration,” Wammen said.
But he added that the centre-left government currently had no plans for
referenda on Denmark’s opt-outs to European cooperation, although Denmark
would at some point seek to opt in to two of them – that of judicial affairs
At the same time, Wammen repeated Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s
recent statement that Denmark will veto the EU’s budget if it is not given a
“This is a red line for Denmark. I am confident that there is an understanding
of the Danish view. We pay EUR4 (ED: in net contributions per capita) while
other similar countries pay EUR3,” Wammen said, adding that Denmark expected
agreement on the budget during the current month.
“We would like to see a Europe without any rebates at all. But we do not see
that as a realistic scenario, and as rebates will continue, Denmark is
demanding its rebate of DKK1billion,” he added.
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