Polls on eve of UK election suggest PM May will boost majority

ComRes Chairman Andrew Hawkins said May was in the clear after securing the support of around 2 million voters - worth about six percentage points in the polls - who backed the anti-EU UK Independence Party in Britain's last election in 2015, and who have warmed to her tough stance on negotiating Brexit.

Whoever wins will be tasked with negotiating Britain's departure from the European Union, with formal talks due to start in little over a week.

But returning to her central message on Brexit - the reason she gave for calling June 8 election 50 days ago - May said that the money which was spent on European Union projects till now could deliver "huge benefits" across the United Kingdom after its withdrawal, due in 2019.

Brexit is expected to be the central factor behind voting patterns. This would be possible, they hope, because she would no longer be under pressure from the Euroskeptic right-wing of her party to implement a hard deal.

The Tory leader said she was the only person who could "deliver for Britain" and negotiate the right Brexit deal. It's just that her strengthened personal mandate will give her the choice to change her own red lines.

Prime Minister May greeted reporters and photographers with a cheery "hello" as she arrived with husband Philip to vote at Sonning guide and scout hut on the outskirts of Maidenhead in Berkshire, England.

But a final round of opinion polls suggested she would increase the small majority she inherited from David Cameron past year, shortly after the surprise referendum decision to take Britain out of the European Union.

Her personal authority over the party and her ability to get tough in Brexit talks will be severely undermined, and there will be pressure on her to resign.

Corbyn attacked her for slashing police numbers during her ministerial spell, and vowed to hire more police for neighbourhood patrols.

Many analysts, as well as some prominent Labour politicians, had forecast electoral meltdown followed by years in the political wilderness unless the party ditches Corbyn and finds a new leader who appeals more to the centre ground of British politics.

The jobless rate is actually better than ours, overall the country is operating in solid economic times and history shows that when the majority of punters are happy, they go with the status quo. In any case, some Conservative MPs will be so furious that power has been lost after an unnecessary election and will demand she steps down.

"Generally, on average, the polls tend to point toward a fairly small Tory majority, whereas the betting is more optimistic of the prime minister landing a majority of around 70 seats", said a betting expert at Ladbrokes, one of the UK?s leading bookmakers.

The oddsmakers are certainly fairly confident that the Conservatives will emerge with the most seats in parliament. So do 52 per cent of Liberal Democrat supporters and 58 per cent of those who voted Remain past year. From the Brussels side, negotiators are unlikely to allow Britain to stay in the single market without major concessions on immigration and freedom of movement, one of the conditions of membership.

Opinion polls-hampered by a poor reputation for reliability-predict a May win.

The campaign did not go to plan.

When Labour launched its election manifesto in mid-May, the London Evening Standard - edited by former Conservative chancellor George Osborne - published the front-page headline: "Comrade Corbyn flies the red flag", warning that "Labour targets Londoners with 48-billion-pound raid on the better off".

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