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No change to voting age in EU Referendum

Ruth Tarrant

15th December 2015

In November, peers in the House of Lords voted in favour of allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the UK referendum on staying in the EU, but this was rejected by the Commons because, theoretically, allowing more people to vote is more expensive (by £6m in this case) - and decisions on government spending are taken solely by the Commons, under the Parliament Acts. Yesterday, Lib Dem and Labour peers tabled an amendment to the EU Referendum Bill providing a "low cost" suggestion as to how the franchise could be extended to younger voters, but the amendment was narrowly defeated in the Lords by 263 to 246 - presumably some peers decided that the elected MPs in the Commons should get their way on the matter, and not be seen to be meddling in an referendum so as to alter the outcome. This means that the EU Referendum Bill will become law before Christmas. The following charts shows the latest results from various Brexit polls.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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