Britons are voting in the tightest election for decades, one that could lead to government gridlock and push the world's fifth-largest economy closer to leaving the European Union. Mana Rabiee reports.
In London as across the UK, up to 48 million voters are casting ballots in the tightest election seen in decades. Analysts predict ... it could bring government gridlock; push the world's fifth-largest economy closer to leaving the European Union; and stoke a second attempt by Scotland to break away. But some voters aren't worried. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACCOUNTANT, JAMES LOVEJOY, SAYING: "I think there's been a lot of scaremongering. I don't actually think there is much to worry about. An EU referendum is something that I would be worried about, but I don't mind it taking place." Final opinion polls show the two major parties -- Conservative and Labour - are at a near dead heat. If neither party wins an overall majority, talks would begin Friday with smaller parties … in a race to strike deals. THAT could lead to a formal coalition OR produce a fragile minority government. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOTER, NATALIE WOJCIKIEWICZ, SAYING: "I think it would be easier if it was one majority party in power, but hopefully a coalition will still work." IF a durable government can't be formed, Britain COULD face political instability and a not so 'united' Kingdom.