Benn: '16 and 17-year-olds should vote in EU referendum'

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has said it was "a matter of principle" that 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum.

David Cameron has promised to hold an "in-out" referendum by the end of 2017. British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK will be eligible to vote.

Labour has dropped its opposition to a referendum but would seek to amend the Bill.

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