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Allow 16 and 17 Year Olds To Vote In The EU Referendum

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Whether or not we stay in the EU is a big decision for our country, one that will have enormous consequences for future generations and the direction the United Kingdom intends to take over the coming years.

In the Scottish independence referendum, we saw thousands of 16 and 17 year olds properly engage in a sensible debate about what they wanted their future to look like – and 75% turned out to vote, compared with only 54% of 18-24 year olds. This broader principle applies to the EU referendum that is scheduled to occur by 2017.

It’s only right that we engage this age group in the debate and give them a say over the future sovereignty of their country. At 16 years old, you can join the army, pay tax and even get married but can’t choose the government which regulates and runs these institutions. 

I am 16, and I was once a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, and part of a group of young people who are actively engaged in politics. I don’t understand why we are being denied the opportunity to contribute to the debate that could govern the rest of my life when clearly we have the maturity to make a decision.

That’s why I'm calling on David Cameron to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the referendum on our EU membership and make sure that we have a fair debate that includes all aspects of our civil society.

Organising voting shifts takes a lot of time- if we want the voting age lowered so that 16 and 17 year olds have a say we have to act now!

Please join me in asking David Cameron to give us a voice in our future.



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