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Government defeated as Lib Dems win on votes at 16

November 19, 2015 11:21 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Votes at 16 at Watford Girls Grammar

Lib Dem Party President Sal Brinton backing Votes at 16 campaign

Peers have backed calls to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum. The House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill - which paves the way for a poll by the end of 2017 - to extend the franchise, by 293 to 211.

Liberal Democrat peers played a key role in defeating the Government, giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice in the EU referendum. Following the victory, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

"The Liberal Democrats have been fighting for this for decades, and we are winning the argument.

"This is a victory for democracy, we will give over a million people a voice on their future.

"In Scotland 16 and 17 year olds proved that they have they not only have the knowledge but also the enthusiasm to have a say on their own future. Taking that away now would do them an injustice.

"The Government must now listen and act, Cameron cannot turn his back on 1.5 million young adults."

Paul Tyler, Liberal Democrats Political Reform Spokesperson, said:

"We cannot deny interested and engaged young adults such an important vote. This is a say in their future, and with Cameron ruling out future referendums, they won't get a voice for a long time coming.

"Today I am proud that we have taken a small step to improve our democracy following a campaign that the Liberal Democrats have led for decades."