Supreme Court: Lisbon Treaty signing was constitutional

Prime minister and foreign minister welcome the verdict which finds the former government did not have to hold a referendum before signing the EU treaty

February 20th, 2013 2:58 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

The former government did not violate the constitution when it signed the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007, the Supreme Court ruled today.

The decision upholds a June 2012 ruling by the Eastern High Court rejecting a suit brought by a group of 30 people who argued that by signing the Lisbon Treaty, the then prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the then foreign minister, Per Stig Møller, surrendered sovereignty to the EU, since the treaty would require the country to adopt legislation it did not agree with.

Opponents argued that a referendum should have been held before it was signed since the Danish constitution demands that any legislation handing over sovereignty to another power not passing parliament by a five-sixths majority be put to a referendum.

In a press release, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne) and the foreign minister, Villy Søvndal (Socialistisk Folkeparti), expressed their satisfaction with today’s verdict.

“The Supreme Court has found that Denmark’s signing of the Lisbon Treaty was not in violation of the constitution,” Søvndal and Thorning-Schmidt wrote. “The government has always argued that Denmark did not give up sovereignty when we enacted the treaty and now we have the support of the Supreme Court.”

The treaty allowed Denmark to keep its opt-outs in four areas of EU co-operation that were granted exchange for its 1993 approval of the Maastricht Treaty.

Ulliel (left) has succeeded in inhabiting an even creepier character than the lead role he played in ‘Hannibal Rising’
Film review of ‘Saint Laurent’
In yet another example of the extraordinarily poor timing exhibited by the ...
They just scored a hund-in-one
What if Tiger’s immense golf talent had stayed in the woods?
Some of my fondest memories growing up in the Smith household back in Bligh...
Who’s to blame? Nerdy Smurf, Skinny Wallace, Mr Strong or Jolly Green Dwarf?
At Cinemas: Pixar’s latest Perisher pleaser is here
Providing your Danish is in good nick, there’s no shortage of releases th...
The Malmo stadium has a capacity of 24,000, but for CL games it's reduced to 20,500 due to restrictions on standing areas (photo: MT96)
Neighbours Malmö FF land Real Madrid and Zlatan Ibrahimović
Football fans south of the Øresund kept an eye on today's Champions League...
A similar view will await  Andreas Mogensen when he becomes the first Dane in space next week (photo: iStock)
Denmark needs to double its investment in the space industry, advises DI
Dansk Industri (DI), the Confederation of Danish Industry, has today recom...
The shipping and logistics company DFDS has more than doubled its operating profits this year in comparison to the first half of 2014 (photo: iStock)
Profits soaring at the top Danish companies
A study of the 2015 interim financial results of Denmark's 32 top companies...