16 and 17 year olds should vote in EU referendum say Lib Dems

May 27, 2015 5:56 PM

Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats have called for the coming referendum of Europe flag (flag of European Union)
European Union membership to include 16 and 17 year olds just as in the
recent Scottish referendum. The bill to enable the European Union referendum
to happen is expected to be announced in Wednesday's Queen's Speech.
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> The party's parliamentary spokesperson in Cheltenham, Martin Horwood,
said: "Everyone agreed that one of the high points of the Scottish
referendum campaign was the extension of the vote to 16 and 17 year olds.
Far from being apathetic, young people rose to the challenge and were really
politically engaged. I think that's a really positive thing for democracy.''

> Alistair Cameron from Tewkesbury Constituency added that the future of the country's relationship with Europe for years to come is at stake, so young people's views are important.


> Joe Crossley, 17, current President of Cheltenham Liberal Youth said:
"Getting involved with politics has brought home to me how important it is
to allow young people to engage with issues that decide the future of our
nation. Many of my friends feel disillusioned with the political system, but
getting us involved in key issues like EU membership will make politics more
accessible and allow us to engage with deciding our future".
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> Rosie Towle, a 17 year old student at Pate's Grammar School, said: "I
think that lowering the voting age for the EU referendum would be a positive
opportunity to educate younger people with regards to politics and the ways
in which they can make a difference. Lowering the voting age in this case
has the potential to engage young people, hopefully leading to higher voter
turnout among under-25s at the next General Election"
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