LONDON — After a grueling winter campaign, U.K. voters go to the polls Thursday in the country’s first December election in over a century.
Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has held a consistent lead in national opinion polls, but in the closing days of the campaign, that advantage over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party had begun to narrow. Johnson aims to pull together the coalition of voters who brought about the unexpected Leave vote in the 2016 Brexit referendum, but Remainers hope tactical voting in key seats can prevent the Tories achieving a majority. At stake is the future course of Brexit, and perhaps whether the U.K.’s departure from the EU goes ahead at all.
Voting continues until 10 p.m. local time, with the result expected in the early hours of Friday morning. POLITICO will follow the action through the night as well as covering reaction to the result on Friday.
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