YOUTH PARLIAMENT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HOUSE OF LORDS SESSION, AND EU VOTES FOR 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS.

19 November 2015

Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

Today the House of Lords passed an amendment to the EU Referendum Bill that could allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the, yet unscheduled, EU membership referendum.  Although the Bill and the amendments still have a long way to go, the Scottish Youth Parliament does view today’s result as a win for young people across the UK.

Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Jordan Linden MSYP said:

“A core principle of the Scottish Youth Parliament is that young people should have a say in the issues that affect them. To help realise this ambition, we have campaigned tirelessly to win the right to vote for 16 and 17 year olds here in Scotland since our organisation began in 1999.  In the Scottish Referendum last year, we saw just how broadly young people participated at the ballot box by casting their vote to have their say in the future of their Country.

“The future of the United Kingdom’s membership within the European Union will greatly affect the future of all young people across these islands, and therefore it is imperative that we have our say at the ballot in the Referendum on the European Union.  We are very happy about the result in the House of Lords today, but recognise there is still a long way to go.

“Here at the Youth Parliament we are not only campaigning to change the voting age, but also for a change of mentality.  We want to live in a world that recognises our voices matter; that’s not just here in Scotland, but across the United Kingdom – our voices must be heard.”