Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will back another EU referendum after his alternative Brexit plan was again defeated in the Commons. But the Labour leader said he will also continue to push for “other available options” including a general election.
Ian Austin has become the ninth MP to quit Labour this week, blaming leader Jeremy Corbyn for creating a culture of extremism and intolerance. He told the BBC the leadership had failed to tackle anti-Semitism and had turned the party into a narrow sect.
British Labour and Conservatives parties could face more resignations, with members of the new Independent Group saying they expect more MPs to join them. Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen told ITV's Peston program “a third” of Tory MPs were fed up with the party's direction.
Labour MPs who have quit the party should resign and put themselves up for election, Jeremy Corbyn has said. In a Twitter video, the Labour leader said it was the democratic thing to do because they wanted to abandon the policies on which they were elected.
Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's ruling Conservatives quit over the “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union.
Joan Ryan has become the eighth British Labour MP to quit the party in the past 48 hours, citing its tolerance of a culture of anti-Jewish racism. The Enfield North MP said she was horrified, appalled and angered by Labor's failure to tackle anti-Semitism, saying its leadership allowed Jews to be abused with impunity.