Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, is highlighting the opportunity independence gives young Scots.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and the party's education spokesperson, is taking part today (20 June) in a referendum debate at Leith Academy.

Alison said:

"It's great to see schools across Scotland getting involved, and I know from the debates so far that the quality of the questions show young people are thinking very carefully about their vote. As Greens we've long supported extending the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, and as Holyrood has power over the referendum franchise I'm pleased we agreed to extend it. With full responsibility we could make the case for votes at 16 in all elections.

"Across Scotland Greens are taking part in schools debates and other public events, explaining the opportunity our young people have to shape a more equal, more sustainable Scotland. Our young people deserve an assurance of the prospect of a secure, satisfying and well-paying job, an apprenticeship or a place in college or university. It's clear to me that the best chance of getting those things is by voting Yes so we have full control over our future."


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