General Election 2017: Millions of voters head to the polls

General Election 2017: Millions of voters head to the polls

General Election 2017: Millions of voters head to the polls

"Traders out there who were nervous about that exit poll but thought there was going to be an overall majority - you can see what they're doing, they're selling the pound". But what exactly is it?

Once you arrive at the polling place, you will need provide your full name and address to the staff inside.

Voters have begun casting their votes in the general election after polls opened across the United Kingdom at 7am on Thursday.

Ukip economy spokesman Patrick O'Flynn said he believes there will be "hell to pay" with Eurosceptic voters if the exit poll turns out to be correct, adding he expects people to "gravitate back to Ukip in very large numbers".

How have the polls changed during the campaign?

How is the poll formulated?

At 10pm, unless voters are still queuing, polling station doors close and ballot boxes are sealed and transported to counting centres. The political party that wins more number of seats control the legislative agenda. That might be in part due to Ukip's decision not to field candidates in nearly half of the 50 Labour seats with the smallest majorities - a sure sign that the Leave vote is supposed to coalesce behind the Tories.

Analysts were treating the exit poll with caution, however.

BBC, ITV and Sky are sponsoring the poll, which will also be conducted by MORI and NOP. But a far more significant deadline is the Queen's Speech on June 19, when the sovereign will read out the legislative programme of the new government.

Ms Thornberry said Mrs May should "consider her position" as she will have "manifestly failed" if the exit poll turns out to be correct.

At the last General Election in 2015, David Cameron won a majority of 12 for the Conservatives after five years leading a Coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.

Election night was marked by a collapse in Ukip support and a rash of high-profile losses for the SNP, as British politics returned to a two-party system on the greatest scale since the 1970s.

It was a poll that many were sceptical about when first released.

And much to the disappointment of viewers, he didn't.

Commentators predicted that shares could go the same way if the results match the poll prediction on Friday.

But it's not always been so accurate.

The BBC/Sky/ITV poll suggested the United Kingdom was heading for a hung parliament, with Conservatives 12 seats short of the 326 they need for an absolute majority in the Commons. However, the actual result showed the Tories got 65 more seats than Labour.

Or, either the Conservatives or Labour could attempt to govern as a minority administration, seeking to win support in the Commons for their programme on a vote-by-vote basis.

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