Polls open across the UK for the 2017 general election on Thursday, for the third time in two years. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Polls opened in Britain on Thursday (June 8) in a national election which could be tighter than predicted. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union and to boost her Conservative party's majority in parliament. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and Britons have until 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) to vote. The campaign has seen unexpected twists - the shrinking of May's poll lead over the opposition Labour Party from over 20 points to a range between one and 12 points, and the attacks in Manchester and London. The first results are expected to be announced by around midnight (2300 GMT).