Give 16-year-olds vote, says MEP

Afzal Khan MEP
Afzal Khan MEP

Blackpool’s 16-year-olds should be given a vote in the EU referendum, says North West MEP, Afzal Khan.

The Labour Member of the European Parliament is backing moves by the House of Lords in Westminster to give the vote to those “aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is to be held”.

I strongly believe 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, and in all future elections

Mr Khan said: “I strongly believe 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, and in all future elections – they can currently get married, pay tax, be a company director and even change their name, but they cannot vote.

“Blackpool’s 16 and 17-year-olds can work and pay into the tax system, but cannot have a say in how that money is spent – they are paying taxation without being able to choose their representation.

“Only by giving young people the vote can they take control of their future.”