School of Politics and International Relations

Turmoil in British politics as Labour MPs quit over Brexit and anti-Semitism

19 February 2019

The decision of the seven MPs to quit may force Labour to confront its position on Brexit. Professor Tim Bale said: “There are many members of the Labour party that are deeply worried by Jeremy Corbyn's ambivalent stance on Brexit. This may mean there will be more pressure in the Labour party to call for a second referendum, pressure he has so far successfully resisted.” For the splinter group to turn into a successful political party, it would need three things, Bale said: More Labour MPs to join it, at least some Conservative MPs to follow suit, and either to co-opt or absorb the centrist third party, the Liberal Democrats, to give it the kind of infrastructure and membership a credible party requires.

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