This is a one off exceptional situation. 16-18-year-olds may never have the opportunity again to vote on what this country's relationship with the EU should be. But they will have to live with the consequences of the result longer than any of us, and they are equipped with the knowledge thanks to civic education in school to take that decision.
Some of the arguments we heard from Tory peers against extending the franchise for the EU referendum last night were truly absurd and were the sort of patronising arguments and attitudes that would not have sounded out of place in the House of Lords a hundred years ago in debates about giving women the right to vote.
What's vital now is that young people use our voice to fight for Britain's place in Europe. We know how vast the benefits of membership are; how powerful a union the EU really is. There's a danger, though, that in the coming months this will get lost among arguments about business and finance, and scaremongering over migration.
The Liberal Democrats will make this a red line issue and we will keep putting this clause back into the bill and we urge the Prime Minister to back us and stand up to the right-wing elements in his party. Young people need and deserve a voice.
By extending the vote to this often left-behind age group, we let them know that their voices matter, that they can and do have a role in sowing the seeds of political change. Coupled with a strong curriculum of citizenship lessons in schools, votes for 16- and 17-year-olds has the potential to instil in them a lifetime of political engagement and participation.
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This morning at Chatham House, the Prime Minister set out a series of sensible and sound reforms to improve Britain's relationship with the EU. In doing so he spelled out the big question facing the British people: would the UK would be stronger, safer and better off within Europe or out on our own. This - as the Prime Minister said today - is the biggest choice facing our country in a generation.
Ever since he first gave in to backbench Tory demands for an EU referendum, David Cameron has known that the biggest risk to Britain staying in Europe is public unease about immigration. Cameron's conundrum in 2013 was to persuade the voters that somehow he was acting on their concerns, while not breaking the EU's key principle that any citizen is free to move around for work.
David Cameron needs to convince his backbenchers that he has reformed the Union. Research by the think tank Open Europe has suggested that 203 of the 330 Conservative MPs can be characterised as 'swing voters.' That is to say, they are either not particularly interested in the EU or who are waiting until the results of the renegotiation before making up their minds on the referendum.
Is the UK really abdicating from its role as an influential power in the world, as many of our friends and allies fear? And does a diminution in our global role make sense? These were the questions a group of foreign and security policy experts set out to answer over the summer.
I am proud of what Peter and myself did yesterday. The referendum is the most important political decision of a generation. The debate shouldn't be dominated by what it means for big businesses. It should be about what it means for the people of the UK, and how we make this country better. I will keep on making my voice heard, and I would encourage you to do the same.
Just as the Scottish result changed the face of British politics, so too will the vote in 2017. As we sail towards a particularly turbulent year, party heavyweights on all sides of the House will want to batten down the hatches and hold tight. Ukip have the most to lose, but for their leader, who has spent his life campaigning for withdrawal, I doubt the survival of the party is even his top priority right now.
There are hopes that all of this could soon change, and a new, impassioned and effective pro-European Conservative grouping will emerge. I really hope so. None of us who believe in the UK continuing to be part of the European Union can afford to be complacent. We are in a fight. And all of us, whether Conservatives, the business community or simply voters, have to stir ourselves. There is a lot to do, a lot to lose, and a whole lot to gain.
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A couple of weeks in, and the similarities between the Leave and Remain camps are as as striking as the differences. Both are quick to underline their patriotism; both go out of their way to emphasise British strength. No one, not even in the 'remain' camp, seems particularly fond of the European Union. And - perhaps most importantly - both campaigns are profoundly divided.