UK voters — and even the Prime Minister’s dog — took to the polls Thursday for a general election that is hoped to finally end the Brexit stalemate.
Huge lines were reported across the country in the election that pits the current Prime Minister and Tory leader Boris Johnson against the leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.
Johnson turned heads as he turned up with his dog, Dilyn, to the polling booth near 10 Downing Street, even kissing the pooch as he arrived to cast his own vote.
Polls consistently showed Johnson’s Conservative Party ahead but by Thursday it appeared “too close to call,” according to The Telegraph.
While a number of key issues have emerged — including a bitter battle over the National Healthcare System — the election has always pivoted on Britain’s painful, drawn-out plans to leave the European Union.
Johnson has campaigned on the slogan “Get Brexit Done” — even producing a “Love, Actually” parody — and vows to take Britain out of the EU by Jan. 31.
Corbyn, however, has promised to hold another referendum on Brexit if he gets into Downing Street.
Johnson had called the election early because he did not have the majority in the Parliament that he needed to get his deal with the EU approved. With all 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs, he hopes to get back in office — and this time with a majority necessary to end the Brexit stalemate.
Opinion polls have consistently showed Johnson’s Conservative Party in the lead, but recent surveys suggest the margin may have narrowed in the final days of campaigning. While Corbyn’s Labour is unlikely to win an outright majority, smaller opposition parties hope to win enough seats so they can team with Labour to block Johnson’s Brexit plans.
President Trump has long sided with Johnson but has said he will work with whoever winds up winning.
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