Today the House of Commons will be placed in the ironic position of being asked by the Government to reject a democratic reform proposed by the unelected House of Lords. And the TUC is backing the Lords. The EU referendum, which will probably be held next year, will determine the future of everyone in the UK for at least a generation. The TUC believes that, for that reason alone, 16 and 17 year olds should have a say, and we are backing the Lords’ amendment to the EU Referendum Bill to extend the franchise to include votes at 16. (For other reasons to support the Lords amendment, see my blog at Left Foot Forward.) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has said of the issue: “The EU referendum will seal the fate of the next generation of workers. It will affect their workplace rights, their opportunity to work in other EU countries and the future industrial policy and supply of jobs in the UK. It would be wrong to tell today’s 16 and 17 year olds that this decision about their future

Source: #VotesAt16: Giving young people a greater say on their future #VotesAt16

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