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8/13/16

U.K. Warned by EU Ally Denmark Not to Expect Any Brexit Favors - Bloomberg

The U.K. may be a key ally of Denmark, but that doesn’t mean it should expect any favors from the government in Copenhagen when it negotiates its departure from the European Union.

"Our objective is to make the best possible deal for Denmark," Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen told Bloomberg when asked about future Brexit talks.

The small Scandinavian nation has often sided with Britain during discussions in Brussels. The two countries are broadly in favor of the free market and have refused to join the bloc’s common currency, the euro.

They have both obtained important opt-outs from EU rules since joining the club, in 1973, while Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of David Cameron’s efforts to crack down on so-called "benefit tourism."

However, Jensen stressed Friday that Denmark was gearing up to defend its business interests. His comments provide a taste of the kind of reception that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May can expect when she discusses the terms of her country’s EU divorce with the remaining 27 member states.

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