Polling stations are open as 650 constituencies choose their next UK government
There are only 13 sleeps until Christmas, the focus of old and young alike, but overshadowing the festive season for the first time in a century, is the fact that in only one sleep the UK will know who will lead the country for the next five years.
650 constituencies are up for grabs, and 326 is the magic number required to get over the line and become incumbent in 10 Downing Street.
So who is going to win?
Well the bookies are in favour of a Tory majority, based largely on the polls that have been taken in the run up to the election. However, the pollsters have been wrong before and, given the confusion that Brexit has brought to the voting procedure this year it is much harder to predict the outcome.
Will festive planning make it more unlikely that people will vote, or not?
Will cold wet weather stop the electorate from venturing out to ballot boxes, or not?
Although historically older people are more likely to vote than youngsters - at the 2017 general election, 59% of 20- to 24-year-olds voted, compared with 77% of 60- to 69-year-olds - or has Brexit and the climate change debate politicised more youngsters which could make a huge impact on the outcome, or not?
Many have billed this as ‘a once in a lifetime’ election, however, the same was said about the EU Referendum in 2016 and look at where that took the country.
However, when all is aid and done, there will be no more electioneering for at least 24 hours, which will come as a relief to many, although the subsquent political analysis will inevitably be intense whoever is in charge.
If that is, the UK is not compromised by yet another hung parliament.
No need to worry, it's a simple process. When you're in the polling booth
❌ DO mark one cross inside one box next to the name of your chosen candidate
⬜ DON'T write anything anywhere else on the card or your vote may not be counted
Next UK Government
|Labour – Snp Coalition||12/1|
|Conservative – Dup Coalition||18/1|
|Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition||22/1|
|Labour – Lib Dem Coalition||25/1|
|Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition||33/1|
|Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition||66/1|
|Lib Dem – Snp Coalition||200/1|
|Lib Dem Minority||200/1|
|Conservative – Labour Coalition||300/1|
|Lib Dem Majority||400/1|
|Brexit Party Minority||750/1|