Call for voting age to be lowered for EU referendum

Julie Porksen
Julie Porksen

Northumbrian Lib Dem Julie Pörksen is calling for support to back the campaign for 16 and 17-year-olds to get a vote in the EU referendum.

In Northumberland, there are about 7,500 16 and 17-year-olds who will not get a vote on the future of Britain and the EU unless the Conservative Government changes its mind. The Lib Dems, whose party policy has been for votes at 16 for the last 10 years, have organised a petition to try to change the Government’s stance.

Julie Pörksen said: “Sixteen and 17-year-olds are treated by the Government as adults when it comes to getting married, joining the army and paying tax. It’s about time they also had a voice in our democracy.

“During the Scottish Referendum, 16 and 17-year-olds proved they could and would vote – young people I met in Scotland and Northumberland engaged with knowledge, views and passion in the future of Scotland. During the General Election, I talked to so many young people who were frustrated at not being able to vote until 18.

“Every young person should have the right to determine the future of Britain in this key referendum. About 7,500 young people in Northumberland will be denied a say in the EU referendum unless we can change the Governments plans and I encourage people of all ages to sign the petition.”

The petition can be signed at http://change.libdems.org.uk/votes-for-16-year-olds