There is only one reason why today’s election is happening: Brexit. Six weeks on, the 2019 election is still a Brexit election. You may want it to be about other things. You may be fed up and distressed with the whole Brexit argument. All this, though, is escapism. What is primarily at stake today is whether Britain leaves the EU on the Conservatives’ terms, or whether it doesn’t. Today, the nation’s votes will decide which it shall be. The leitmotif of Boris Johnson’s campaign has been Brexit. For someone who loves to speechify as much as he does, Johnson’s message discipline has been awesome. “Get Brexit done” has been the “strong and stable” of the 2019 campaign. The slogan is brilliantly succinct and well chosen. But it is a fraud. Johnson did not call the election because he lacked a parliamentary majority for Brexit. A Commons vote on 22 October showed that there was such a majority. But there was no majority for the … [Read more...] about This is a Brexit election. But Boris Johnson will not get Brexit done
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Whether you want to watch, listen, or follow the drama online or on social media, the BBC should have you covered on election night.OnlineThe BBC News website will have results for every constituency as they are announced, with a postcode search, interactive map and scoreboards. Our politics live page will have minute-by-minute updates in text and video, as well as expert analysis as the night unfolds. Online coverage will also include: Live video stream of the BBC's election night special The result of the exit poll as voting ends at 2200 GMT and on @BBCBreaking Analysis from polling expert Prof Sir John Curtice including early forecasts of which seats could change hands All 650 results will be tweeted automatically on @BBCElection, with updates from correspondents at counts around the country on Twitter using #BBCElection and at @BBCPolitics For the first time, the website will have stories written automatically on the election results for all 650 constituencies Live pages with … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Election results coverage on the BBC
On the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiðdís Lilja Magnúsdóttir, a lawyer living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, where friends’ recent posts would usually appear, was a box highlighted in light blue. On the left of the box was a button, similar in style to the familiar thumb of the “like” button, but here it was a hand putting a ballot in a slot. “Today is Election Day!” was the accompanying exclamation, in English. And underneath: “Find out where to vote, and share that you voted.” Under that was smaller print saying that 61 people had already voted. Heiðdís took a screenshot and posted it on her own Facebook profile feed, asking: “I’m a little curious! Did everyone get this message in their newsfeed this morning?” In Reykjavik, 120 miles south, Elfa Ýr … [Read more...] about Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?
VOTERS will head to the polls today to cast their ballots in one of the most important elections in decades. Today's vote will decide the fate of the nation and its relationship with the EU, here is a definitive guide on how, where and when to vote. FINDING YOUR POLLING STATION Everyone eligible to vote in this election should have already registered to vote prior to the 26 November deadline. If you are on the electoral register, you should have been sent a polling card with your polling number and polling station address. You don't need this to vote, but you can only vote at the address on the card. If you have lost your card, you can type in your postcode onto the Electoral Commission's website.If you have managed to hold on to your poll card, it can help speed up the process at the polling station. POLLING STATION RULES Staff at the polling station will need your name and address to find you on the electoral roll. They will then give you a ballot paper with a list of the candidates … [Read more...] about Complete guide to the 2019 Election: where, when and how to vote
Britain has started to vote in the most important election for a generation with Boris Johnson expected to be among the first to the UK's 50,000 polling stations this morning. Jeremy Corbyn is also expected to vote in his Islington North constituency with the result in the first December general election since 1923 said to be on a knife edge. Millions of voters face inclement weather with torrential rain and ice predicted across vast swathes of the country before the polls close at 10pm. An exit poll will give the first indication of the results and votes will then be counted overnight with the first results expected by 11pm and a clearer picture of who will be the next Prime Minister between 2am and 4am tomorrow. Boris Johnson made a final, impassioned appeal to voters last night as he warned the most important General Election in a generation was teetering on a ‘knife-edge’. A major YouGov poll on Tuesday predicted a 28-seat Tory majority – the largest … [Read more...] about And we’re off! Early-bird voters brave the cold and rain to cast their ballots as Britain heads to the polls in the most crucial election in a generation