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Britain votes in most crucial general election in a generation

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Staff Writer | June 8, 2017
Early risers and people on their way to work were among the first to cast their votes Thursday in what has been described as Britain's most crucial election for decades.
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Although Theresa May is on target to hold on to power, a late rally by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may thwart the Conservative's ambition to give their majority a turbo-boost.

When May called the snap general election just six weeks ago, she held a working majority in the British House of Commons of just 17 seats.

She has pleaded with the British public to increase her strength in parliament to enable her to fight for a good deal with Brussels when negotiations start later this month on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

The battle for 10 Downing Street has emerged as a two-horse race between May and Corbyn, with political commentators saying the May landslide predicted just weeks ago is now less likely.

The election result is crucial as it will set the tone for those all-important talks about the future EU-UK relationship.

May wants to strike a deal she described as "good for Britain", while Corbyn says he respected the majority decision by Britain to quit the EU, but he wants to maintain access for business and the protection of workers' rights.

Hundreds of polling stations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland opened at 7 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), and close at 10 p.m.

Almost 47 million people, aged 18 and over, a record number, are entitled to vote in the election, half a million more than in the 2015 election.


 

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