Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights)

By Juliet Harris, Director of Together

On Thursday 23rd June, adults will make one of the most important decisions of their lives:  whether they think the UK should leave or remain as a member of the European Union.  Although this decision is being taken by adults, children and young people will be the ones whose lives are most affected by it.

It is of great frustration to many 16 and 17 year-olds that – although they have recently voted in the Scottish Parliament elections, are deemed old enough to join the army, get married, hold down a fulltime job and pay National Insurance (and even pilot a glider) – they are excluded from voting in the EU Referendum.  Earlier this year, the Scottish Youth Parliament conducted an extensive consultation with over 70,000 young people across Scotland for its ‘Lead the Way’ manifesto, revealing that 66% of respondents…

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