Labour MEPs: 16-year-olds must be allowed to vote in EU referendum

The North East's 16-year-olds should be given a vote in the EU referendum, says Jude Kirton-Darling MEP and Paul Brannen MEP.

Labour MEPs have welcomed moves by the House of Lords to give the vote to those aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is to be held".

Jude Kirton Darling MEP said:

"I strongly believe 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, and in all future elections - they can currently get married, pay tax, join the army, be a company director and even change their name, but they cannot vote.

“The North East's 16 and 17 year olds can work and pay into the tax system, but cannot have a say in how that money is spent - they are paying taxation without being able to choose their representation. Only by giving young people the vote can they take control of their future.”

Paul Brannen MEP added

"The issue of our membership of the EU is the biggest question facing young people 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. We have seen this can work because in the Scottish referendum both engagement and turnout among young people was high."

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