Derek Vaughan, Labour’s Welsh MEP, has started a petition asking David Cameron to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the upcoming European Referendum.
The referendum could have far-reaching impacts, and I support extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds on this important issue.
In the recent Scottish independence referendum, 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote, turned out to vote, and became some of the most vocal campaigners. I know well from meeting young people from across Cardiff Central, that 16 and 17 year olds are engaged and want to have their say on this important issue.
Wales receives many benefits from its membership of the EU, and one in seven Welsh jobs are linked to EU trade. Leaving the EU would have major consequences for lots of people here in Wales.
There will be a vote in the House of Lords soon on whether or not to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote, so it’s important that as many people as possible let David Cameron know that we think 16 and 17 year olds should be included.