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Britain's Labour Party splits over Brexit and anti-Semitism

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Britain's Labour Party splits over Brexit and anti-Semitism

 

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Britain's Labour Party MP Chuka Umunna arrives at a news conference in London, Britain, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven lawmakers split from Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Monday, saying that the party leadership’s failures over Brexit, anti-Semitism and a culture of bullying in the party had left them no choice.

 

The group of lawmakers, calling themselves “The Independent Group”, included Chuka Umunna, who had at one point been seen as a future leadership candidate, and Luciana Berger, who has been outspoken about the party’s approach to anti-Semitism.

 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was disappointed in their decision to leave the party.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18

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Edited by evadgib

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An outcome of this is Corbyn can no longer apply the whip to these MPs, they remain MPs. 

 

So Corbyn's position has been weakened. 

 

He needs to decide does he want to continue supporting the Tory Brexit or offer an alternative. 

 

Brexit is not going to hand him power. 

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