Tom Brake MP, with the support of the Members of Sutton’s Youth Parliament, is fighting in Parliament to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in the upcoming EU referendum.
The EU referendum, which is currently being debated in Parliament, will ask whether the UK should stay or leave the EU. Tom Brake MP and the Liberal Democrats are supporting an amendment to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote.
The Scottish Referendum, which included a similar clause, saw an impressive 75% turnout amongst eligible voters under 18. Almost all who did vote said they would do so again if given the chance.
Members of Sutton’s Youth Parliament, who represent Sutton’s young people, have voiced their support for Tom Brake MP’s efforts to give them a vote.
Ethan Smith, Sutton Member of Youth Parliament: “Young people should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum! We will be the ones who grow up feeling the impact the outcome has on the country and we all deserve a say in what the outcome should be!”
Daigan Reid, Sutton Member of Youth Parliament also echoed this stance: “The majority of 16 and 17 year olds are mature enough to make an informed decision about their standing on the future of Britain. We care about what is happening in the world around us and most importantly, within our own country.”
Tom Brake MP: “I have long been a supporter of giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote. If they are all enough to get married, pay taxes and join the army, they are old enough to vote. The Scottish Referendum proved that 16 and 17 year olds do care about politics, and we should give them the chance to have their voices heard.”
The MP for Carshalton and Wallington has also signed an Early Day Motion saying that the EU referendum should allow 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.
If the law is changed about 5,000 16 and 17 year olds in Sutton would have a vote in the EU referendum.
To sign a petition to lower the voting age to 16 see here: http://change.libdems.org.uk/votes-for-16-year-olds
Tom Brake MP standing outside Parliament