Nationalists Seek New EU Opt-Out
Posted on: 2009-05-31 06:47:20
Denmark should be exempt from EU immigration regulations, according to Danish People’s Party candidate
Morten Messerschmidt, a candidate for the European Parliament for the Danish People’s Party, has proposed that Denmark seek permission to be excluded from EU immigration regulations.
Parliament is currently discussing eliminating the country’s four existing EU opt-outs – including not using the euro – but Messerschmidt says conflicts between the country’s strict immigration laws and the EU’s freedom of movement regulations require a fifth.‘We can see that there are a number of policy areas where Danish regulations are watered down by the EU. We’ve seen the European Court of Justice get involved in our immigration policy and I think it is important that we stop that sort of thing with an opt-out.’
He said secrecy surrounding new regulations for the free movement of labour expected to be announced by the European Commission this summer meant the opt-out was necessary.