Denmark Should Never Consider Following U.K. Out of EU, PM Says

Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen, on April 18, 2016. Photographer: Adam Guz/Gallo Images Poland/Getty Images

Denmark will always belong inside the European Union no matter what the outcome of Britain’s June 23 referendum on its EU membership, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said.

“I’m not blind to the fact that the EU makes mistakes,” Rasmussen said according to the text of a speech delivered on Sunday. “Decision making can be too slow and there’s too much, or the wrong kind of, regulation.” None of this “prompts me to ask whether Denmark belongs in the EU. We do. Now and in the future.”

The Danish premier also said a British decision to remain in the EU “can become a motor to drive needed reforms” in the bloc. These ought to include ensuring that the EU “focuses on the most important things and stays out of far more” policy areas, he said.

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