Denmark seems to drop out of the Europol, and therefore there must be new poll, says Claus Oxfeldt.
It will be a disaster for Denmark, if we do not continue going to have a full-fledged membership of the European police cooperation Europol, says Claus Oxfeldt, chairman of Denmark’s Police Union.
He says that after a notification from the European Commission’s first deputy chairman, Frans Timmermans, Denmark should not be under any illusions about being able to negotiate a parallel agreement on Europol in place.
“It would be a disaster for Denmark, because we have so much need for close international police cooperation,” he says and continues:
“Both in terms of cyber crime, terrorism, transnational crime and this whole refugee and immigrant situation ‘.
Timmermans spoke Tuesday to Danish Industry Summit in Copenhagen, where he afterwards told TV2 News:
“You can not be half pregnant. Either you are pregnant or you are not. If you vote out of Europol, then you are out. On the basis of the legal situation, I see no alternative to it. ”
Claus Oxfeldt now hope that there will be a new referendum on Denmark’s membership of Europol cooperation.
“I have a clear expectation that it will now have the consistency that we need a referendum on Europol,” he says and stresses that the parties who recommended a no vote last year, must live up to their election promises:
“They said that a no vote would have no consequence on Denmark and Danish police and that we would continue to be a member of Europol. All evidences suggests that we can not continue if we do not make a new separate vote on Europol ‘.
The referendum, held on December 3 last year, ended up with a no to replace the Danish EU legal subject with an opt-in system.
This means that Denmark drop out of the Europol May 1, 2017, unless Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre) successfully negotiate a Danish special agreement to put in place.