At that point the Conservative ruling government was polling as much as 22 points clear of the main opposition Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn. However, as the campaign progressed the polls narrowed sharply.

A burst of late polls on Wednesday gave the Conservatives a lead ranging from 5 to 12 percentage points over the Labour party, according to Reuters, suggesting that May would increase her majority. Polling stations opened at 7:00 a.m. London time Thursday and will close at 10:00 p.m. There will be an exit poll as soon as voting finishes and results will start to come in an hour after that. The main flurry of results are expected from 2.00 a.m. London time on Friday and there are 650 constituencies due to announce.

The Conservative campaign has attempted to focus on the withdrawal from the EU, repeating a mantra that only it can offer a “strong and stable” government as negotiations with Brussels heat up. This strategy has worked to an extent with polls on leadership consistently backing May over Corbyn as a more trusted leader.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has said he will honor Brexit but at the same time attempt to retain the benefits of the single market – a tariff free trading bloc for members of the European Union.

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