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Security dominates UK vote, but Brexit looms

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 01:53

UK voters go to the polls in a British election which, after two Islamist attacks in two weeks, has thrust security to the top of the campaign agenda. But as Kate King reports, Brexit and the economy are likely to come back with a vengeance as the make-or-break issues for a new administration.

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Just 52 days after calling the snap election Theresa May made her towards the ballot box, remaining as tight-lipped as she has through most of the campaign. In North London, Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn had a few more words to say (SOUNDBITE) (English) LABOUR LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "Thank you very much all of you for coming here today. It's a day of our democracy." Pre-vote polling hard to rely upon some cutting May's lead to within 3, while others pointing to a much larger margin But whoever does come out on top, is going to have a lot more talking to do. Brexit negotiations could begin in just 11 days - and the election has given the EU time it needed to get its ducks in a row. SOUNDBITE (English) ) CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR, CEBR, VICKY PRICE, SAYING: "They want to do it bit by bit so there can be no trade agreement or even no trade negotiations until we sort out the principles and parameters for all the other things that are still in contention if you like, which include of course the status of the EU citizens. Both Labour and the Conservatives have a plan for Brexit, but they have major disagreements on how to handle negotiations Theresa May's decision to gamble on number ten, could come back to bite, if her 12-seat majority isn't maintained But Brexit has been overshadowed by recent terror attacks that have thrust security into the spotlight. The economy, also a factor for the 46 million people eligible to vote SOUNDBITE (English) ) CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR, CEBR, VICKY PRICE, SAYING: "The most important issue is that there are increasing concerns about what may happen in 2018 with this kind of pessimism around because uncertainty will still be there, we won't have agreed anything yet in terms of our future with the EU." The next prime minister's job then, to restore calm in every part of Britain.

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Security dominates UK vote, but Brexit looms

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 01:53