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May 2, 2019 | 13:32 GMT

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U.K.: Municipal Elections Underway

What Happened: The United Kingdom is holding municipal elections on May 2 for over 8,300 seats in local administrative bodies, Politico reported.

Why It Matters: The local polls will provide an insight into British voter sentiment after almost three years of Brexit developments under the government of Prime Minister Theresa May. The prime minister's Conservative Party controls the largest number of local councils, but a substantial loss in the vote, combined with another potential defeat in upcoming European Parliament elections, would lead the party to explore possibilities to remove May.

Background: EU member states agreed on April 10 to grant the United Kingdom a flexible Brexit extension until Oct. 31, although the country could withdraw from the bloc earlier if the British Parliament approves a withdrawal agreement. The ruling Tories are continuing talks with the opposition Labour Party in the search for a compromise deal on Brexit that could pass a parliamentary vote.

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