Scottish Liberal Democrats have hailed the transfer of power allowing 16 and 17 years old to vote in future Scottish Parliament elections today by the UK Government.
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael today confirmed that the timetable for Section 30 order has been agreed by both the UK and the Scottish Government. It will be brought before both Houses of the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament tomorrow and then put forward for Privy Council approval in March.
The move comes ahead of a historic week for more powers in Scotland with the publication of the draft clauses for the Scotland Bill, which will transfer the powers agreed in the Smith Commission.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“Young people carried themselves with dignity and dynamism during the referendum debate. Liberal Democrats are delighted that the UK Government is kick starting the delivery of the Smith Agreement in such a fitting way. The transfer of powers to enable 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the next Scottish Parliament elections is a positive move which delivers on the Vow and for the democratic rights of young people.
“This is the beginning of a historic week for Scotland. Some people doubted that all five parties could come together to deliver these bold new powers, or doubted that young people were ready for the responsibility of the right to vote. On both charges those doubters have been proved wrong. This is a good week for Scotland, for home rule and for the Liberal Democrats.”