LONDON (Reuters) – Britain heads to the polls on Dec. 12 for an election Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes will return his Conservatives with a majority in parliament so he can deliver the country’s exit from the European Union. The outcome is highly unpredictable.

FILE PHOTO: An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Below are some of the key things to look out for:


The country is deeply divided over Brexit, with how people voted at the 2016 referendum a key driver of which party they now plan to support.

“A lot more people feel very strongly either Remain or Leave than feel either very strongly Conservative or Labour. We have levels of partisan attachment to the Remain and Leave cause that we have not seen for our political parties since the 1960s,” said Britain’s leading psephologist, John Curtice.

Curtice said the election would be determined not by the relative popularity of Leave and Remain but the…

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Factbox: What to watch in Britain’s December 12 election