Lords backs votes at 16 for EU poll

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Lords backs votes at 16 for EU poll
« on: November 18, 2015, 06:24:01 PM »
Nice little attempt at gerrymandering there. I think the twitterati are hashtagging their victory celebrations far too early though. After all the arguments over keeping the vote as fair and clean as possible the government can't possibly let this stand. It's bad enough the establishment as a whole is completely biased towards the EU. They'd never be able to escape the claim that the vote was rigged by lowering the voting age to include a huge swathe of naive and/or brainwashed children.

Peers vote to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to take part in EU referendum
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34860150

Peers have backed calls to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum.

The House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill - which paves the way for a poll by the end of 2017 - to extend the franchise, by 293 to 211.

The move was welcomed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP

But the government said it was wrong to change the franchise "by the back door" and it would seek to reverse it when the bill returns to the Commons.