Danish PM calls referendum on embracing EU justice rules

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Posted: Oct 07, 2014 6:12 AM

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called fon Monday for a referendum on whether to keep Denmark's opt-out of European Union justice and home affairs rules, the country's first vote on the EU since 2000.

Denmark voted in a 1993 referendum to opt out of sections of the Maastricht Treaty including an EU defense policy and the euro. The country voted in 2000 to reject the euro again.

Thorning-Schmidt's call was seen as a signal that the government wants to reassess its somewhat arms-length relationship with the European Union.

(Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)