Sixteen and seventeen year-olds in Wales should be given a vote in the EU referendum, says Derek Vaughan MEP.
Labour MEPs are backing moves by Labour in Westminster, led by Baroness Morgan of Ely, to give the vote to those "aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is to be held".
Last night, the House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill to extend the franchise by 293 to 211 and Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, a longstanding campaigner on the issue called on the UK Government to think again.
Derek Vaughan MEP 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, join the army, be a company director and even change their name, but they cannot vote.
"16 and 17 year olds in Wales 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.
“The principle was set down clearly in last year’s Scottish independence referendum and the UK Government must not continue to exclude young people from the process.
"The issue of our membership of the EU is one of the biggest questions facing Wales today, and it will affect young people the most. They will have to live longest with the consequences of this decision, yet as it stands they will have no say on the country’s future role."
Sixteen and seventeen year-olds in Wales should be given a vote in the EU referendum, says Derek Vaughan MEP. Labour MEPs are backing moves by Labour in Westminster, led...
Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN has called on the Tory UK Government to apply for European funding to help steelworkers facing redundancy, ahead of today’s steel summit.
The government has so far failed to bid for available EU funding to support workers affected by mass redundancies in a single company or a particular sector. This includes help with looking for a job; careers advice; education, training and re-training; mentoring and coaching; and entrepreneurship and business creation.
The European Global Adjustment Fund has a maximum annual budget of €150 million (£110 million), and can fund up to 60 per cent of the cost of projects designed to help workers made redundant find another job or set up their own business.
DEREK VAUGHAN MEP said:
“Steel is still a key industry in Wales employing thousands of people and whilst, I am hopeful that will remain the case for many years to come, recent job losses in the sector give great cause for concern for the workforce and local communities that have been badly affected.”
"The government has the opportunity to apply for more than five million pounds of EU funds to help families affected by the difficulties in the steel industry. It is money the steelworkers of Wales are entitled to, money that will help them get back on their feet.
"They should apply now for the funding, so support can be provided immediately. The longer they take, the harder it will be for workers to find new jobs, education or training."
Last year the Romanian steel sector received more than £2.5m to help 1,000 former steel workers who lost their jobs, while in 2011 the Dutch printing sector received more than £4m to help 1,764 workers made redundant across the country.
DEREK VAUGHAN MEP added:
"Other countries have applied for this funding - why should Welsh workers who've been made redundant not get the same help as their Romanian and Dutch counterparts?
"David Cameron and George Osborne need to stand up for the steelworkers whose jobs are under threat and let them know they won't be forgotten. Hundreds of families need help right now - and if the government applies for this EU money they will get that help."
Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN has called on the Tory UK Government to apply for European funding to help steelworkers facing redundancy, ahead of today’s steel summit.The government has so...
Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today launched a nation-wide petition urging Prime Minister David Cameron to let 16 and 17 year olds have a say in the UK’s EU referendum.
Mr Vaughan said:
“David Cameron and the Tories are refusing to let 16 and 17 year olds vote in the UK's referendum on EU membership.
“Wales is a net beneficiary of EU funding and EU programmes support young people through jobs and training opportunities. One in seven Welsh jobs are directly linked to EU trade and if we were to leave the EU and companies had to start paying trade tariffs, it would be naive to believe that access to these markets would remain.
“This is a decision that will have a huge impact on this next generation of young people. If we're going to hold a referendum that threatens to result in reduced opportunities for young people in Wales and across the UK, it's only fair that they have a say.
“There will be votes in the House of Lords on this in the coming months and Labour needs your support. We need to knock some common-sense into David Cameron and the Tories before it's too late.”
Mr Vaughan’s petition is online at change.com.org, https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-let-16-and-17-year-olds-have-a-say-on-the-eu.
Or, you can contact his office via firstname.lastname@example.org to sign.
Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today launched a nation-wide petition urging Prime Minister David Cameron to let 16 and 17 year olds have a say in the UK’s EU referendum. Mr...