Your views: Scottish referendum 'to include under-18s'


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Teenagers in Scotland may be able to vote on whether the country should be independent.

The Scottish government wants 16 and 17-year-olds to have their say in the referendum, which is set to take place before the end of 2014.

David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond are expected to agree on a single yes/no question on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.

Here's a selection of your tweets and Facebook messages on whether giving the vote to under-18s is a good idea.

In favour

Lisa Fyfe - I think 16 and 17-year-olds voting is a good idea, so long as they properly consider the options.

My sister will be able to vote and at the moment she is 14 and independence is the last thing on her mind.

Nicola MacKenzie - I think letting 16 and 17-year-olds vote is a good way of getting them involved, but is probably more so the SNP can get more votes in their favour.

Adam Muir - On the whole I support this but the government should ensure that everyone has all of the necessary information to make an informed decision.

Jason Brown ‏- Excuse me, 16 and 17-year-olds can work full-time and pay tax, join the Army and in Scotland get married. They should vote.

Gemma Walker - I think that's great. This will affect them too so why not allow them to vote?


Gordon Torrie - 16 and 17-year-olds should not be allowed to vote in this election, this is ridiculous.

They are not allowed to vote in any other political election so why this one?

Penny Leake - I'm right in the middle of the age group and think it's the worst decision ever. We don't know how to vote properly.

Matthew Norman - It's ridiculous. They're children who don't understand the circumstances or consequences and are likely to vote yes for "pride".

Lesley Ann Liddell - Teenagers only think of Braveheart and go 'Yeah, Scotland.. let's be independent.' They haven't got a clue. I'm Scots born and bred but I don't agree.

Alan Simpson - I don't think it's fair that only Scotland gets to vote. This is going to change all of the UK so why don't we all get a say?

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