A bill that would see the voting age reduced for the upcoming Scottish Independence Referendum has been formally brought to Parliament.

Ministers from the Scottish National Party said it would ensure that everyone aged 16 and over on the day of the 2014 referendum vote could take part.

The First Deputy Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), has said that 16 and 17 year olds are “ready to take responsibility for Scotland’s future”. This historic step forward would see 7.9% of the UK’s 16 and 17 year olds newly enfranchised and will set a precedent that UK government should follow.

With a clear message not only from Scotland but from all four nations of the UK, demonstrated through votes in their respective parliaments and assemblies, this must be the first step towards the UK government allowing all of the UKs 16 and 17 year olds to vote.

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