Support for EU rises in Denmark as shock after Brexit spreads

Denmark became the latest Nordic country to experience rising public support for the EU, defying predictions that a UK vote to exit would inspire other eurosceptic corners of the bloc.

According to a Voxmeter poll published by Ritzau, 69% of Danes now back EU membership, up from almost 60% in a poll held prior to the UK vote.

The poll also found that the proportion of respondents wanting a UK-style referendum had fallen to 32% from almost 41%.

“This poll confirms that nobody wants to put themselves in the kind of mess the British have created for themselves,” said Marlene Wind, a professor in political science at the University of Copenhagen. 

“Prior to the Brexit vote there were lots of predictions that a British exit would trigger others to put their EU membership on the line,” the professor said. 

"Rather than stoking anti-EU sentiment, the financial and political chaos that’s enveloping the UK is for now shoring up support for the beleaguered bloc. 

The Spanish election following the Brexit referendum showed a revival for the main establishment party, while polls across the Nordic region have also indicated rising backing for the EU.

Ahead of the June 23 UK vote, analysts had warned of a possible “ domino-effect” in other countries that have a lukewarm relationship with the EU. 

Like Britain, Denmark joined the bloc late, didn’t adopt the euro and has negotiated a number of opt-outs over the years.

A post-Brexit survey in Finland released last week also saw a surge in support for EU membership to 68%, from 56% in March. 

In the other Nordic country’s EU member, Sweden, backing for EU membership was 52%, according to a TNS Sifo poll held on June 26. 

A Statistics Sweden survey published on June 2 put such backing at 49%. The Brexit vote had generated “a wake-up call across Europe,” with citizens now seeing it as “a big gamble” and associating it with “uncertainty,” Ms Wind said. 

The leaders of Denmark, Sweden and Finland have all pledged to stay in the EU in the wake of the UK decision.

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