Who's who, what's at stake in Britain's unexpected election

Both assaults were claimed by the Islamic State group, and marked the first time jihadist violence rocked the run-up to a British election. On Sunday, national-level campaigning was stopped by Conservatives and Labour following the London terrorist atrocities, and national electioneering was also suspended last month for around three days after the Manchester suicide bomb attack.

So despite the referendum result nearly 12 months ago, there is much about Brexit which remains completely unresolved and which could well hinge on the way the vote goes on Thursday.

The issue of security also seemed to resonate with audiences: Mr Corbyn's most popular post on Facebook, the platform on which he passed one million "likes" this week, reiterated his accusation that the Conservatives' cuts had weakened national security.

Polls will be open Thursday from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m., with all 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs.

Prime Minister Theresa May cited Brexit as the major reason for calling the snap election when she made the announcement back in April and the issue has been a key fighting ground over the campaign period with polarised views coming from political parties. "Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire".

With the gap between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reducing fast, analysts are deeply interested to see how things would unfold for May and her Brexit roadmap. Labour needs to be at least six percentage points ahead of the Conservatives to be sure of being the largest party in a hung parliament.

The UK Labour leader also said he would allow a second vote "if the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people want it". On the whole question of how our police should deal with terrorists on our streets, on Saturday night you saw an appalling attack in London.

Corbyn has put the Conservatives on the back foot over the matter, criticizing May for a drop in police numbers in her time as interior minister.

"Give me your backing to lead Britain, give me the authority to speak for Britain, strengthen my hand as I fight for Britain", May urged voters on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent, the city that registered the highest vote for leaving the European Union.

May and her "team" at the heart of their campaign, emphasising her "strong and stable" track record, the Labour Party has attacked her as aloof, and unwilling to engage with the public and other parties, such as her refusal to take part in a televised leaders debate last month. Corbyn, an old school left-winger widely written off at the start of the campaign, has drawn thousands of people to upbeat rallies and energized young voters with his plans to boost public spending after years of Conservative austerity.

When the British public head to the polls this week they will not only be voting for a United Kingdom government, knowingly or not, they will also be voting for what kind of Brexit we will see.

This seat in Brexit-supporting Wales is held by Labour with a majority of 1,831 and has never been won by the Conservatives. This is now around the same level as Corbyn whose own ratings have improved significantly in the last few weeks.

May and her husband Philip started the day with a visit to a London meat market, where they were greeted with jeers of "Vote Labour".

In the final hours of the election campaign, the Prime minister dismissed accusations that she has been vague about policies, including how many pensioners will be hit by cuts to the winter fuel allowance. Voters head to the polls on Thursday with the outcome far from certain and the Tories' big lead largely vanished.

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