Anneliese joined 16 and 17-year-olds in Oxford to launch her votes at 16 campaign ahead of the European Referendum.
Anneliese said “Labour has long been campaigning for 16 and 17-year-olds to have the vote, and they were allowed to vote in the Scottish Referendum because we recognised that it was important for them to have their say on the future of their country. Now we’re faced with a similar question – about the future of the UK – but Conservative MPs are refusing 16 and 17-year-olds the vote, despite it being clear that 16 and 17-year-olds are responsible enough to have this right. 16 and 17-year-olds can learn to drive, get married, pay tax and join the army, so it makes no sense that they are not allowed to vote.”
Although Conservative MPs voted down Labour’s amendments to the EU Referendum bill which would have allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to vote, Labour Peers in the House of Lords will continue to fight for 16 and 17-year-olds to have their say. Anneliese will be working with the British Youth Council, the UK Youth Parliament and other youth community groups to put pressure on the government to reverse their decision and allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in this referendum which will define the future of the UK.
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