General election 2017: Britain goes to the polls to vote for its new government

A sign points towards a polling station in Westminster the day before a general election, in central London, Britain June 7, 2017.
    Britain will vote for a new government from 7 a.m. BST (2 a.m. ET) until 10 p.m BST. The number of people registered to vote is higher than the 2015 general election. The press is restricted on what it can write until voting ends. Exit polls will immediately be published at 10 p.m. BST. Results are expected to be clear around 4 a.m. BST.

LONDON – Britain goes to the polls from 7 a.m. BST (2 a.m. ET) to vote for its next government, only two years after the last general election.

There are 46.9 million people registered to vote – a rise from the 2015 general election number of 46.4 million.

The press is restricted by law on what it can publish during the voting period, including indications on how people are voting, but exit polls will become immediately available at 10 p.m. BST when polling stations shut.

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time on June 9, we should get a clear indication of who has won the general election.

A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected and in order for a party to get a clear majority in government, it would have to claim 326 seats.