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Undecided voters key target on eve of British election

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 11:42 AM
This combo photo shows at left, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to board a train in London, Friday, December 6, 2019, and at right, Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a press conference in London, Friday, December 6, 2019. (AP Photo combo)

LONDON (AP) — British political leaders zigzagged across the country Wednesday on the eve of the country’s national election in a last-ditch push to win over millions of undecided voters who could determine the outcome.

Although opinion polls have consistently shown Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘s Conservative Party in the lead ahead of Thursday’s election, surveys suggest the margin may be narrowing.

All of the UK’s political parties are nervous about the verdict of a volatile electorate weary after years of wrangling over Brexit.

Voters appear increasingly willing to abandon long-held party loyalties in order to back their deeply-held feelings about Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons seats are up for grabs in the election — Britain’s first December vote since 1923 — which is being held more than two years early in a bid to break the country’s political impasse over Brexit.

Johnson has tried to remind voters of the potential for further political chaos if they pick a divided Parliament, which would endanger his plan to get lawmakers to approve his Brexit divorce deal and lead the UK out of the EU on January 31.

He started his day before dawn, helping load milk and orange juice bottles onto a delivery vehicle in northern England. It was the first of half a dozen campaign stops for the day.

The main opposition Labour Party said polls showed that momentum was moving in their direction.

The party has tried to shift attention from Brexit and onto its plans of reversing years of public spending cuts by the Conservatives, who have been in power since 2010.

Labour Party candidates want to talk about jobs, schools and the country’s beloved but struggling National Health Service.

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