In 1969, Harold Wilson’s Labour government lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Fifty years on, some believe the time has come to lower the voting age to 16. The idea is not a new one. It was first rejected by Parliament back in 1999 and again in 2005. But in 2014, 16- and 17-year-olds were granted a vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. This - combined with the overwhelming age gap between remain and leave voters in the UK’s 2016 European referendum - has firmly placed the voting age back on the national agenda. 1 Who supports lowering the voting age? Currently, all the opposition parties in Parliament back the idea of adding 1.5 million teenagers to the electorate by lowering the voting age to 16. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated: “We cannot allow this Conservative government to deny one and a half million people their full rights as citizens.” In 2017 a bill brought by Labour MP Jim McMahon failed to go to a vote after running … [Read more...] about Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
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MPs have voted no, no, no and no to reject every option on the table for them to seize control of Brexit negotiations. They rejected a Customs Union by the narrowest margin - just three votes. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for fresh votes on the same options on Wednesday. He said: “It's disappointing that no solution has won a majority this evening but I remind the House that the Prime Minister's unacceptable deal has been overwhelmingly rejected three times. “The margin of defeat for one of the options tonight was very narrow indeed and the Prime Minister's deal has been rejected by very large majorities on three occasions.” But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay hinted Mrs May could try to bring back her deal for another vote this week. He said: "The only option is to find a way through which allow the UK to leave with a deal." Tory former minister Nick Boles emotionally quit the party moments after the results were announced. So what are the results of the … [Read more...] about Brexit indicative vote full results
MPs from the borough joined their parliamentary colleagues in a series of historic indicative votes on different ways forward on Brexit. Other news: New funding boost to help homeless peopleShe also backed plans for UK membership of European Free Trade Association (Efta) and European Economic Area (EEA), known in Westminster parlance as Common Market 2.0, and a proposal to revoke Article 50 two days before Britain headed for a No Deal exit.She voted against the motion saying Britain should simply leave without any agreements in place on April 12 and did not vote on proposals requiring any Brexit deal to be put to the public, calling for "preferential trade agreements" with the EU and remaining in the EEA and rejoining Efta but without joining a customs union.Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue backed just two of the eight options: the Labour Party plan and the calls to negotiate a comprehensive customs union.She also rejected the plan to put any Brexit deal to the people and also voted … [Read more...] about How borough MPs voted in Brexit indicative votes
EU leaders debate future of Brexit in Theresa May’s absence BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The future of Brexit was being decided behind closed doors in Brussels, as leaders of the 27 remaining EU states wrangled over a possible postponement in Theresa May’s absence. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/eu-leaders-debate-future-of-brexit-in-theresa-mays-absence-37939285.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37939278.ece/61a12/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_c2fba7e7-e315-45ca-945e-8a584c450a60_1 Email The future of Brexit was being decided behind closed doors in Brussels, as leaders of the 27 remaining EU states wrangled over a possible postponement in Theresa May’s absence. The Prime Minister’s plea for a three-month extension to the negotiation process to June 30 to allow her time to prepare for an orderly departure appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Instead, the EU27 appear determined to ensure that the UK leaves before European Parliament … [Read more...] about EU leaders debate future of Brexit in Theresa May’s absence
Update: The next amendment is the Spelman no-deal amendment, tabled by Tory MP Caroline Spelman which states that the UK will not leave the EU without a deal. It comes just ahead of voting on Graham Brady's amendment which says the backstop should be “replaced with alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border”, something the EU has already ruled out. If passed it would allow Theresa May to go to Brussels with a clear sign from MPs of what they want, to get a deal through parliament.Update: MPs have defeated Rachel Reeve's amendment by 322 votes to 290, majority 32.The fifth vote is now on Labour MP Rachel Reeve's amendment which would seek a two-year extension of article 50 if there is no deal in place by February 26.Update: MPs have defeated Yvette Cooper's amendment by 321 votes to 298, majority 23.Next up for the vote is Yvette Cooper's amendment to extend article 50.This would allow for a Brexit delay of nine months if Theresa May fails to secure a deal by February … [Read more...] about Live: British MPs vote against five Brexit amendments