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Scotland’s young people look for referendum answers

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Scotland’s young people will have the chance to question representatives of both sides of the independence debate tonight

Kyle Thornton, SYP chair
Kyle Thornton, SYP chair

Nearly one hundred young people will gather at a referendum debate in Edinburgh tonight to demand answers to the issues affecting them in the run-up to the September vote.

The Scottish Youth Parliament and the National Library of Scotland are co-hosting the event with the aim of giving young people from across the country the opportunity to pose their questions about Scotland’s constitutional future to a panel of representatives from each side of the debate.

We know that when you engage with people on their terms and on their issues, people are much more likely to vote

Representatives who will be attending the event include a neutral speaker, Dr Jan Eichenhorn from the University of Edinburgh, Patrick Harvie MSP and Humza Yousaf MSP from Yes Scotland, and Liam McArthur MSP and Anne McTaggart MSP from Better Together.

Kyle Thornton MSYP, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, who will be chairing tonight’s event, said young people want clear answers to their questions.

“They want to be able to engage with and shape the debate,” he added.

“Events such as tonight’s debate present invaluable opportunities to ensure young people have the chance to make sure their questions are answered and their opinions are heard.

"Through our work at the Scottish Youth Parliament we know that when you engage with people on their terms and on their issues, people are much more likely to vote.

“We want to ensure young people are as engaged as possible and that the importance of their involvement in democratic debate is recognised."