Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Votes for young people may be moving a step closer

Votes at 16


New developments in Westminster have further pushed the prospects of 16 and 17 year olds being given the vote for the European referendum.

Despite the Tories fighting tooth and nail to stop young people from deciding their own future, Labour Lords have now submitted amendments to the Referendum Bill calling for them to be allowed their democratic rights.

I have been in contact 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.

The issue of our membership of the EU is the biggest question facing the UK today, and it will affect young people the most. They will have to live longest with the consequences of this decision, yet as it stands they will have no say on the country’s future role.

I strongly believe 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum and in all future elections. It seems beyond comprehension to me that they can currently get married, pay tax, join the army, be a company director and even change their name, but they cannot vote. Only by giving young people the vote can they take control of their future.

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