1,600 new voters in Scarborough since decision to leave EU

New voters would not swing vote in a second referendum.
New voters would not swing vote in a second referendum.

By the end of the year, around 1,600 teenagers will have become eligible to vote in Scarborough since the Brexit vote, data reveals.

Despite three quarters of youngsters casting ballots in favour of remain in 2016, this would be unlikely to swing the area’s vote in a second referendum.

The People’s Vote campaign says there should be a fresh poll on EU membership so these youngsters’ futures are not decided for them.

New Office for National Statistics data shows the number of attainers, people who turn 18 and become eligible to vote, by December 1 this year.

In Scarborough, by the end of the year, there will be 1,580 new voters since the EU referendum in June 2016.

In 2016, Scarborough voted in favour of leave, by 62.0% to 38.0%, with a margin of 14,500 votes.

For our Future’s Sake, a youth movement in the People’s Vote campaign, believes there should be a second referendum to allow new voters to have their say.

Kira Lewis, from FFS, said: “A whole generation were deemed old enough to drive, serve in the armed forces and get married, but not trusted to make a decision on our futures.

“We now know the costs to our economy and our sovereignty - whatever deal Parliament decides. It is right and fair that young people – and the rest of the country – get an opportunity to have their say in a people’s vote.”

In the most recent round of indicative votes, held on April 1 in the House of Commons, 280 MPs voted for a confirmatory second referendum and 292 voted against it.

A further 66 abstained.

Article by data reporter Ralph Blackburn.