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Britons Vote In Election Expected To Strengthen May's Brexit Hand

Britons Vote In Election Expected To Strengthen May's Brexit Hand

May's expected losses come after the 100-plus wins predicted early on in the campaign.

As the polls narrowed, the Tories switched tactics to issuing warnings about the prospect of a post-election "coalition of chaos" with Jeremy Corbyn propped up by Nicola Sturgeon's SNP.

It began with Mrs May stunning Westminster by announcing she was going to the country three years early to obtain a personal mandate for the Brexit talks which begin later this month.

The exit poll suggests the Tories could win 314 seats, Labour will win 266 seats, the Lib Dems at 14 and the Scottish national Party at 34.

An NME-led exit poll of young voters in the 2017 United Kingdom general election shows a markedly increased turnout for 18-24 year-olds, with a majority of the youth opting for Labour.

Britain voted Thursday in an election that started out as an attempt by Prime Minister Theresa May to increase her party's majority in Parliament ahead of Brexit negotiations but was upended by terror attacks in Manchester and London during the campaign's closing days.

In the central English city of Leicester, a man in his fifties named Robert said he had never voted but felt compelled to this time.

Later, the BBC revised its predictions to give 322 seats to the Conservatives, which may be just enough to have a "working majority", as a small number of MPs do not vote.

He is known for his eccentric, informal and plain-speaking grandfatherly style fitting the caricature of the archetypal "bearded leftie", as the English media puts its. The Labour opposition isn't promising to reverse Brexit, only to make it less disruptive.

While Corbyn, a far-left candidate who many in the media and political establishment have always considered to be unelectable, ran a tight, compelling campaign, May was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over an unpopular pledge on social care and faced criticism for declining to appear in TV debates.

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"Economy, national health services and party leaders are the top issues", Begg said.

Theresa Mary May was born in 1956 in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

May looked tense as she was resoundingly re-elected to her Maidenhead seat in southern England. "Our Labour MPs would vote for it and we would call on the other parties to vote for it as well".

Like Margaret Thatcher - the first woman PM of Britain - she went to the University of Oxford. British, Irish and Commonwealth residents aged 18 and over can vote, plus British citizens living overseas who have been registered to vote in the United Kingdom within the last 15 years.

Polls in Britain have a shaky reputation for reliability after the 2015 general elections and the 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union.

"This suggests the Conservatives could be doing marginally better than expected from the exit poll", writes journalist Jane Merrick for CNN.

YouGov, meanwhile, predicted a Conservative majority of 42 percent, holding a seven point gap against Labour's 35 percent.

Six weeks ago, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election made sense. Opponents dubbed it a "dementia tax". Another option would be a renewal of David Cameron's coalition with the Liberal Democrats, though (1) that coalition almost destroyed the LibDems, and (2) that party is fully committed to a second Brexit referendum seeking to reverse last year's results - which would be highly problematic for many pro-Brexit Tory backbenchers and voters.

She changed her mind, saying she wanted more support in her negotiations over the terms for Britain leaving the European Union.

"I can only build that better country and get the right deal in Brussels with the support of the British people", she said.

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