Danish European Communities membership referendum, 1972
A referendum on joining the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
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was held in Denmark
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 on 2 October 1972. The result was 63.3% in favour with a turnout of 90.1%. The law that Denmark should be member of the EEC was thus passed on 11 October 1972, and Denmark became a member on 1 January 1973.


According to section 20 of the Danish constitution, any law that makes limitations to the sovereignty
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 of the Danish state (as membership of the EEC would) must be passed in the Danish parliament with 5/6 of the parliament's members voting for the law. If a majority of members vote for the law, but not by 5/6 majority, and the government wishes to uphold the suggested law, the law can still be passed in a public referendum, as was the case in the 1972 referendum.


Choice Votes %
For 1,958,043 63.3
Against 1,135,755 36.7
Invalid/blank votes 19,323
Total 3,113,121 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
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