Millions of voters across the United Kingdom are to make their voices heard on Thursday as Conservative leader Theresa May and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn go head-to-head in a critical pre-Brexit general election.
Polls opened in Britain in a national election which could be tighter than predicted. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union and to boost her Conservative party’s majority in parliament. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and Britons have until 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) to vote. The campaign has seen unexpected twists – the shrinking of May’s poll lead over the opposition Labour Party from over 20 points to a range between one and 12 points, and the attacks in Manchester and London. The first results are expected to be announced by around midnight (2300 GMT).
A strong result and significant majority for the Conservative Party will be interpreted as a vote of confidence in May’s leadership as the country enters into crucial negotiations that will determine its future relations with the European Union. Failure to win an outright majority or a loss for the Conservative Party could spell uncertainty for both the UK and Brussels.