Britain goes to polls to elect new Parliament, break Brexit deadlock
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Britain goes to polls to elect new Parliament, break Brexit deadlock

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London, Dec 12: Voters in the United Kingdom are set to vote on Thursday for the third time in four years in a snap poll to elect a new Parliament and break Brexit deadlock.

The voting will begin at 07:00 GMT in the morning, that is 12:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), and end at 10 pm local time. A total of 3,322 candidates are contesting the 650 seats in the House of Commons which is the Lower House of Parliament.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping to secure both a mandate and a majority. Prime Minister Johnson from the Conservative party has called for a big majority so that he can pull Britain out of the 28-member EU on the January 31, 2020, CNN reported.

''Just imagine how wonderful it will be to settle down to a turkey dinner this Christmas with Brexit decided,'' he said in a final message to voters. The main opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn promises a new referendum on Brexit as well as a re-nationalisation of utilities.

Brexit is the main issue for voters, but a slowing economy and social care provision, the climate crisis, and law and order are among other key concerns. (UNI)

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