This is interesting – the SNP trying to throw its meagre weight around in Westminster.
Will Cameron accede to either demand? Doubtful. He’s a Conservative, so he likes things to be simple and won’t want any complications around whether different countries of the UK can stay in the EU if others pull out.
As for lowering the voting age… Young people are more likely to vote against the Tories, so again, it seems the SNP are on a hiding to nothing.
David Cameron must follow the example of last year’s Scottish independence referendum and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote on whether to remain part of the EU, the Westminster leader of the SNP has said.
Writing in the Guardian,, Angus Robertson says the newly expanded cohort of SNP MPs will seek to amend the EU referendum bill, which is expected to be put forward in the Queen’s speech this Thursday, to ensure that young adults can take part.
“Best practice from the independence referendum must be followed – and that includes extending the vote in an EU referendum to 16- and 17-year-olds across the UK. Scotland’s 56 SNP MPs will certainly seek to amend the legislation to ensure that young people are able to take part in the vote.”
Describing the Conservative mandate north of the border as dubious after the party held only one seat in the general election this month, Robertson adds that the SNP will also seek to amend the legislation to ensure that no constituent part of the UK can be taken out of the EU against its will.
Although Cameron summarily rejected this demand when it was first put forward by the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, late last year, Robertson says the SNP will press ahead with its “double lock” proposal.