Thursday, May 28, 1998 Published at 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
Danes say 'yes' to EU enlargement
Turnout was lower than in Denmark's previous EU polls
Early official results from Denmark say voters have given their approval to the European Union's Amsterdam Treaty, which paves the way for the EU to take in new members from eastern and central Europe.
The result, on a relatively low turnout of 75.6% of the four million voters, was in line with opinion polls leading up to the referendum.
The government had urged approval of the treaty.
"Denmark is on track, and will pursue its path in the EU," Mr Rasmussen stressed.
"But if the EU train of European integration begins to roll too quickly, Denmark reserves the right to say stop," he said.
Opponents took the loss as best as they could, noting that nearly half the country still has doubts about European integration.
Police in Copenhagen, equipped with riot-control gear are on standby should there be a repeat of the street violence which followed an EU referendum "yes" vote five years ago. No incidents were reported early in the evening.
A vital vote for the EU
The Amsterdam Treaty paves the way for expansion of the 15-member union to take in up to 10 new state from central and eastern Europe, plus Cyprus.
The treaty must be ratified by all the 15 members before it can take effect. Most EU countries have left it to their parliaments to ratify the treaty.
In 1992 the Danes rejected the Maastricht Treaty. They approved it a year later after currency and foreign policy safeguards explicitly for Denmark were written in.