Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

Welsh MEP tells Cameron: Let 16 and 17 year olds have a say on their future

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,
Or, you can contact his office via to sign.


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