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Exit polls revealed after UK votes on 'Brexit Election' Updated: 2019-12-13 04:40:43 KST

It's being dubbed "The Brexit Election."
On Thursday, millions of Brits headed to the polls in a snap General Election the third in the space of just five years.
This one is expected to set the direction of the UK's departure from the European Union.
The polls JUST closed at the top of the hour, and we have our reporter Oh Soo-young who's been following the developments overnight here in Seoul.
So Soo-young, we'd been hearing some polls saying this race could be tight, do we have any idea yet as to who is going to win? Exit polls are just coming out.

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Yes, Mark, as ballots have closed the exit poll is being revealed - giving us our first proper hint of who's won the election.
The survey of tens of thousands of voters on polling day, was run by major broadcasters in the UK and it seems that .
the Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson have gained, Labour, the Liberal Democrats .
So it looks like we have a in line with//that aren't entirely in line with recent opinion polls.
Now, exit polls are for the most part accurate, but you can't ignore the margin of error.
There's always a chance of an unexpected result as we saw in 2015, because a general election is not just one election but 650 contests in seats across the country, each with their own dramas, personalities and political games.

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Leading up to the Election, it did seem the Conservatives were in the lead by about nine to 10 points?

That's right. It seems the Conservative's predicted majority has slimmed greatly from 68 seats to 28 seats, but recent polls, and the bookmakers, have shown the Tories are still the likely winners, claiming the 320 seats needed to form a majority government.
That's about nine more than they currently have.
The Conservatives seem set to see their best performance since 1987 and the main opposition Labour Party is expected to be on course for its worst showing since 1983.
The Labour Party is predicted to lose 31 seats compared to the last election in 2017.

"I think Labour have had a very difficult position because the conservatives are very clear on Brexit. However, labor has some difficulty Jeremy Corbyn has promised a second referendum if he wins if he has a majority in Parliament. However, he himself is being sort of unwilling to come down on either side when it's been put to him. Who would he campaign for when he campaigned for leave or remain again? He said that he will give the decision to the people. And so I think there are very mixed messages coming out of Labour. Traditionally labor is the voice of the working people labor is the voice of the progressive in society. Unfortunately, we don't seem to be seeing that from the Labour party at the moment. We also have a big split between the Labor and Liberal Democrats. They might be taking votes away from each other."

Still, the latest poll by YouGov shows we can't ignore the margin of error.
There's still a chance we may see a slim Tory majority or a hung parliament where no party holds a majority.

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And that's going to lead to days of horsetrading between the parties. So what are the possible scenarios?

Well, if Boris Johnson's party gains a strong majority, he will continue leading a Tory government as Prime Minister, but if there's a slim majority or a hung parliament, he's going to have to win the support of MPs from minor parties, as former Prime Minister Theresa May did with the Democratic Unionist Party.
But the DUP is against Johnson's Brexit plan which sets out different departure terms for Northern Ireland, so winning them over may prove difficult this time around.
If Johnson fails to gain enough backing, he may have to resign and Labour could instead form a majority with the Liberal Democrats or the Scottish National Party.
The final scenario, is the Labour Party proving the opinion polls wrong and gaining a majority. Then Jeremy Corbyn would become Prime Minister.

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Well, regardless of the outcome, the biggest question is some three-and-a-half years after the referendum will any of the parties "Get Brexit Done?"

Right. This early election, of course, was called because Johnson wanted a majority to "Get Brexit Done" which was the mantra for his party during the campaign and his Love Actually parody video which I'm sure you've seen.
Johnson has said, under his leadership, the UK would leave the EU on January 31st 2020, and the transition period during which the two parties strike up new trade terms would not be extended beyond December 2020.
The Labour Party has said it will renegotiate a deal that sets out closer ties with the EU, and hold a second referendum within six months.
The Lib Dems and the SNP have said they will cancel Brexit but of course the chances of the minor parties gaining a majority is slim to none.
So can a Tory or Labour victory really put an end to the drama?
Most experts and members of the public are unsure.

"A lot of people doubt the validity of Prime Minister Johnson's claims and at the same time, they doubt the validity of Jeremy Corbyn's election pledges to spend 100 million pounds during the next decade in Scotland, you know, there's a lot of numbers and money being bandied about but how much of this is actually reliable is a very important thing and I would say the British public are rightly becoming a little bit skeptical."

Well, we'll soon find out what the British public is thinking as the results are set to come out within the next few hours
You'll keep us updated, won't you?

Of course.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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