Britons braving cold, wet and possibly snowy weather in some regions, will go to the polls today (Dec 12) to vote for the third time in four years in a snap poll called to end the political deadlock over Brexit. There are 650 constituencies across Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
According to details, these electorates will be opened for the public at 7:00 GMT and will be closed at 22:0 GMT. Counting of votes will begin immediately after closing. Mostly results are expected to be announced on Friday morning.
The ballot marks the end of a breakneck six-week campaign during which Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, his main challenger, have battled for support despite both being widely criticised over their leadership credentials.
Johnson has promised a right-wing Conservative government would “get Brexit done” and take the UK out of the EU by the end of January 2020 with his withdrawal agreement, and warned of more “dither and delay” in the event of a Labour victory.
Leader of the left-wing Labour Party, Corbyn, 70, has said he would broker a softer divorce deal than Johnson’s and put a revised withdrawal agreement to a referendum, alongside the option to remain, within six months.
YouGov’s MRP Poll
Earlier, a leading poll Wednesday, one day before British elections, predicted a small Conservative majority but also could not rule out the possibility of a hung parliament. YouGov’s MRP poll showed the ruling center-right Conservatives – who have led throughout the election – losing ground to the opposition, center-left Labour Party.
Their poll projected the Conservatives winning 339 seats with 43% of the national vote. There are 650 seats up for grabs in the election, meaning 326 seats are needed to form a majority government.
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