Ar­gu­ment there to re­peat ref­er­en­dum

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sIr, – I am writing with ref­er­ence to the ref­er­en­dum which was held in June 2016 to let the Bri­tish peo­ple de­cide whether or not Bri­tain should re­main within the EU. The re­sult, by a fairly small ma­jor­ity, was that we should leave.

How­ever, when we ex­am­ine the re­sult in some de­tail, we find that vot­ers aged be­tween 18 and 24 voted 71% to re­main and 29% to leave, whereas with vot­ers over the age of 55 the re­sult was al­most the ex­act op­po­site, 35% to re­main and 65% to leave.

This poses the ques­tion ‘is it fair that peo­ple ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment age, some of whom will al­ready have their pen­sions in place, should have the right to deny to young peo­ple the ben­e­fits of Bri­tain be­ing a mem­ber of the EU’: ben­e­fits which they them­selves have en­joyed for over 40 years?

Al­though Brex­i­teers will try to pre­vent it, be­cause they have noth­ing to gain and ev­ery­thing to lose, once the con­di­tions at­tached to leav­ing the EU be­come clear, we should be given the op­por­tu­nity to say, through another ref­er­en­dum, whether or not we want to con­tinue with Brexit – and since it seems that the views of the older gen­er­a­tion as ex­pressed in the last ref­er­en­dum in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion to break away from the EU, in or­der to create a de­gree of bal­ance be­tween the gen­er­a­tions, the vot­ing age should be re­duced from 18 to 16 years.

This would give those most af­fected by the re­sult some say in the out­come. Wil­liam G Murray, Kirk­ton Farm, Gol­spie, Suther­land

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