Sunday 17 December 2017

'Has anyone checked their wheat fields for Theresa May?' - How Twitter reacted to shock Exit Poll results

Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Boston, June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Boston, June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Exit Poll was released at 10pm and it was met with a mixture of shock, applause and revulsion online.

The exit poll predicted Theresa May's Conservative party would not win a majority of the 650 seats in parliament to take office alone, meaning she would have to form a coalition or attempt to govern with the backing of other smaller parties.

The Conservatives are predicted to win 314 seats and the Labour Party 266, meaning no clear winner and a "hung parliament". May had been expected to win comfortably.

Most people were utterly shocked at the poll:

Political blogger urged some caution to those online rushing to crown Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister:

The joy that some showed was quickly replaced with the realisation that Boris Johnson could now become the next Conservatives leader and possibly Prime Minister:

And more predicted that the Northern Ireland parties, especially Sinn Féin may play a large role before the night is out:

News that up to 70 per cent of young voters cast their ballots has been welcomed:

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