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The main political party leaders are continuing to push their election pledges to voters, as the campaign enters its final few days. Conservative leader Boris Johnson says in a open letter that Thursday' s poll is "historic" and a choice to Speaking ahead of the last stretch on the campaign trail
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is spending the weekend in Wales on the campaign trail with less than a week to go to the general election . Mr Corbyn will hold a rally in Swansea before heading to Carmarthen and visiting small businesses in Barry. Bangor and Conwy will also be stops on the tour.
Britain's political parties have embarked on a final hunt for votes ahead of this week's general election, making last-ditch appeals to shore up support and persuade their backers to go to the polls.
All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs on Thursday when voters will pass judgment on a divisive election that will determine Britain's future in the European Union.
Although opinion polls have placed Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the lead, analysts suggest the gap is not wide enough to guarantee a majority in parliament.
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The two men vying to be British prime minister in next week ' s election exchanged trademark blows Friday over the familiar faultlines of Brexit and healthcare in the final "We have a fantastic plan to get Brexit done," Johnson said, referring to a divorce deal he finalised with EU leaders in October.
The Tory and Labour leaders faced off in the final head-to-head debate ahead of next week ' s election . Early on in the debate - hosted by Today presenter Nick Robinson - the Labour leader said he would negotiate a new withdrawal agreement with the EU within three months before putting it to a
Mr Johnson urged supporters at a London rally yesterday to learn from the 2017 election, which saw former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May fritter away a decisive lead in the polls and end up with a divided parliament.
"We're now in the final furlong of this race, and that is when of course the horses can still change places," Mr Johnson said, before urging the group to "drive for the line".
"We're going to get there, but only if we work really hard," he said.
Mr Johnson and members of his cabinet also hit the phones in a bid to gain support, making calls from the Conservative Party headquarters in central London.
NATO leaders caught on camera mocking Trump
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LONDON (AP) — Britain's political candidates embarked Sunday on a final push ahead of this week ' s general Britain's political parties have embarked on a final hunt for votes ahead of the country's general election Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned Sunday in Wales — a part of the U . K
Boris Johnson is ahead in the polls, but the gap isn't wide enough to guarantee the majority he Britain's political parties have embarked on a final hunt for votes ahead of this week ' s general Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned on Sunday in Wales - a part of the UK that has been a Labour
In one comical moment, Mr Johnson offered his name to one potential voter, but felt the need to add: "I'm the Prime Minister."
Mr Johnson's cautious message comes in part because of Britain's traditional political alliances don't necessarily apply in this election.
British voters' 2016 decision to leave the EU has sparked a major overhaul in British politics, and many voters will make their choice based on a candidate's position on Brexit alone, rather than on past political ties.
The Conservatives are also worried that people who voted to leave the EU won't turn out to vote because they are fed up with politicians' failure to carry out the 2016 referendum decision, said Matthew Goodwin, a visiting senior fellow at the Chatham House think tank.
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UK News. Britain’s political candidates embarked Sunday on a final drive ahead of this week ’ s general election , making last-ditch appeals to shore All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs Thursday when voters will pass judgement on a divisive election that will determine Britain’s
Britain's political candidates embarked Sunday on a final drive ahead of this week ' s general election , making last-ditch appeals to shore up “We're now in the final furlong of this race, and that is when of course the horses can still change places,'' Johnson said before urging the group to ” drive for the line .''
The main opposition Labour Party has also been moving to shore up votes that it could have counted on in years past.
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned yesterday in Wales, a part of the UK that has been a Labour stronghold for decades. He also urged supporters to take nothing for granted in this vote.
"When you are working, knocking on doors in the rain ... over the next few days, remember what you're doing it for," he said,as people cheered.
"You're doing it for the next generation. You're doing it to change the course of political history in Britain. Go flat out!"
Mr Johnson pushed to hold the December vote, which is taking place more than two years early, in hopes of winning a majority and breaking Britain's political impasse over Brexit.
He has pledged if the Conservatives win a majority, he will get parliament to ratify his Brexit divorce deal and take the UK out of the EU by the current January 31 Brexit deadline.
Johnson pledges to cut UK immigration if he wins general election
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged immigration levels will be cut if he wins the general Brexit election on Thursday. Mr Johnson referenced Australia's immigration system as guide for his own government,and guaranteed to place restrictions on Britain's intake, after it leaves the European Union. The British Prime Minister said he can "make sure that numbers come down" if the Tories win a majority in the general election.The European Union allowed citizens to have free movement to live and work in any member nations, however Mr Johnson claimed contribution should be contained in the country.
Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson meets supporters during a visit, while on the General Election campaign, in Sheffield “We’re now in the final furlong of this race, and that is when of course the horses can still change places,’’ Johnson said before urging the group to ” drive for the line .’’
Britain' s general election campaign enters its frenetic final stages on Monday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn desperately seeking votes ahead of Thursday' s crucial poll. Johnson is hoping to regain the Conservative majority lost by his predecessor Theresa May in the last
Labour says it will negotiate a new Brexit deal, then give voters a choice between leaving on those terms and remaining in the bloc.
Labour's eye-catching domestic agenda has included promises to nationalise key industries and utilities and give free internet access to all.
But the Labour campaign has been beset by allegations that Mr Corbyn - a long-time champion of the Palestinians - has failed to stamp out anti-Jewish prejudice in the party.
Labour is also being challenged on how it obtained government documents on exploratory talks on a Brexit trade deal with the US.
The documents had appeared on the social media platform Reddit for weeks before Labour brought the documents into the election debate just days ago.
But Mr Johnson has troubles of his own on the question of whether Russia is meddling in the vote.
Critics have been challenging the British government's failure to release a parliament intelligence committee report on previous Russian interference in the country's politics.
They say it should have been made public before Thursday's vote.
EU reacts with 'sadness but also relief' to Boris Johnson's sweeping victory puts UK on course to leave on January 31 .
EU leaders followed the results on Twitter as they held a working dinner at a summit in Brussels (where they are pictured posing for a photo on Thursday).EU leaders followed the results on Twitter as they held a working dinner at a summit in Brussels.