Teenagers unable to vote have taken to twitter to vent their frustration.
Annoys me how 16/17 year olds don't get to vote when it will affect their future a lot more than the elderly? don't waste your vote #iVoted
-- Tara Holloway (@tarahollowayxx) June 23, 2016
The #iVoted hashtag has been trending as Brits take to the ballot box to vote on whether we should remain part of the European Union.
Frustrated 16 and 17-years-olds hijacked the hashtag to share their opinions on not being allowed to vote.
#iVoted lol jk, I can't vote bc im 16, yet the out come of this vote will affect my generation more than anyone else's!!class ??
-- vote remain !! (@ohsolucee) June 23, 2016
The exclusion of teens was part of usual electoral procedure, as the current minimum voting age is 18.
It's shocking that 16 & 17 year olds can't vote on this referendum when it's going to affect them the most. #iVoted
-- connor (@conuary) June 23, 2016
#IVoted jokes i'm not allowed to have a say on something that will seriously impact my future because i'm 17 hahaha love it
-- Lydia (@LydiaBrown99) June 23, 2016
There was hope that younger people might be able to vote this time: the voting age was temporarily lowered from 18 years of age to 16 in Scotland for the independence referendum in 2014.
Find It shocking and discrimating that young people aged 16 aren't allowed to vote. We are probably more educated than the adults #iVoted
-- Alex (@__AlexN_) June 23, 2016
But a House of Lords amendment to the European Union Referendum Bill that would have lowered the voting age for today's referendum to 16 was rejected by the House of Commons 303 votes to 253.