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  • Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Hartlepool, Britain, December 12, 2019

    Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Hartlepool, Britain, December 12, 2019 | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 December 2019

Voters seem to have decided to give the Conservatives the option of taking the United Kingdom out of Europe. 

The exit poll was produced by three broadcasters - the BBC, ITV and Sky - who teamed up to jointly produce similar surveys in the last three elections, held in 2010, 2015 and 2017.

In 2010 and 2017, their exit polls accurately predicted the overall outcome and were close to forecasting the correct number of seats for the two main parties. However, in 2015, it predicted a hung parliament when in fact the Conservatives won a majority, taking 14 more seats than forecast.

According to the exit poll the numbers are as follow:

Conservatives 368 (+50)

Labour 191 (-71)

Lib Dem 13 (+1)

SNP 55 (+20)

Plaid Cymru 3 (-1)

Green 1 (no change)

Brexit Party (no change)

Other 19 (+1)

These numbers would seem to indicate a strong majority for Boris Johnson's Conservatives and a disappointment for Labour Leader Jeremy Corbin, amid acrimonious debate on the future of Brexit. Liberal Democrats are not expected to advance in any significant way, yet the Scottish SNP looks like a winner against the unionist parties. 

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