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United Kingdom votes in landmark midterm elections

Britain voted on Thursday in an election that will once again determine the course of Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had called the early election hoping for a speedy exit from the EU. The December 12 polls could be the most decisive election in a generation. Johnson had failed to deliver Brexit by the October 31st deadline and blamed a parliamentary gridlock for it. His campaign hopes to “get Brexit done” by  January 31st.

The 70-year-old veteran labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has offered one of Labour’s most radical manifestos in decades, higher public spending, nationalizing key services, taxing the rich… and a second referendum. He calls the Conservatives a party of billionaires, saying that Labour represents – quote – “the many, not the few”. Those views resonate with some after almost a decade of stringent austerity, but they also rattle many.

This is the third election since 2016, and for some a third too many. Southport, a seaside town in northwest England was long represented by a Liberal Democrat, and then swung Conservative in 2017 vote. But voters feel that doesn’t sit well with the way they voted in the orignal referrendum, which was ‘remain’.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan encouraged Britain to get out and vote while speaking on Twitter, again with his dog Luna by his side. Dogs were quite poplular in sending the message to come out and vote.  

Green Party leader Jonathan Bartley also cast his vote with his dog Wallis by his side.

Pollsters predict a Conservative victory but will Britain get another hung parliament? A majority would let Johnson take Britain out of the EU. Opinion polls have often got things wrong, but the voters they won’t have long to wait. A firm result is likely on Friday, December 13.

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