Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Political stances on euro and European integration

The Times - 5th October 2000

Sir

Mr Victor Launert (letter, September 30) expresses concern at the prospect of a second Danish referendum.

When Marianne Jelved, the Danish Finance Minister, appeared before the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament earlier this year I asked her whether, in the event of a "no" vote, the Danish Government would do what it did after Maastricht and hold another referendum a few months later. She did not give a direct response.

In fact, the Danish constitution prevents exactly the same question being put, which is why the second Maastricht referendum in 1993 contained an opt-out clause for the euro. I doubt, however, that the Danish Government would be foolish enough to repeat the trick for some time yet.

The real victor of Thursday's vote was democracy, and it is to be hoped that the political class throughout Europe will at last understand that any moves towards European integration must be built on the express consent of the people or not at all. If that happens then the Danes will have done us all a great service.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Charles Tannock MEP (Con)
Brussels