Voters wait outside a polling station in London, Britain, June 8, 2017. Polling stations across the Britain opened early Thursday as voters started to make their decision in the general election. (Xinhua/Han Yan)
LONDON, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Polling stations across Britain opened early Thursday as voters started to make their decision in the snap general election dubbed by some media as the most crucial one in a generation.
The voting came weeks after the official start of the Brexit talks between London and Brussels.
The polling stations opened at 7 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) as early risers and people on their way to work were among the first to cast their votes.
Polling stations have been set up in a whole range of premises, from libraries to schools, with more unusual venues such as public bars, supermarkets, hairdressing salons
The kitchen of one house in Yorkshire will act as one of the country's smallest polling stations.
The voting is expected to end at 10 p.m. when the official counting will begin.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap general election six weeks ago, when her party of the Conservatives held a working majority in the British House of Commons of just 17 seats and had a lead of over 10 percentage points suggested by some surveys.
But the Conservatives' lead over the Opposition Labor narrowed to a single digit after weeks of campaign, which has made the battle for 10 Downing Street unpredictable.