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'Brexit' vote plunges British opposition into crisis

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 01:03

Britain's opposition party is in crisis after a third of senior members withdrew their support for their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Yiming Woo reports.

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British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he won't resign. More than a third of Labour's senior politicians withdrew support for him, plunging the party into crisis. It comes after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Many Labour politicians say Corbyn didn't do enough to convince voters to back remaining in the EU. Early on Sunday the Labour leader sacked his foreign policy chief, Hilary Benn, who said he lost confidence in Corbyn's ability to lead. Over the course of the day 11 other top lawmakers said they're stepping down. Corbyn won the leadership thanks to voters' support but has struggled to win the backing of his own party. Britain isn't due to hold a parliamentary election until 2020. But after Prime Minister David Cameron said he'll resign, many expect his successor to call an early election -- putting pressure on Labour to present itself as a credible alternative.

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'Brexit' vote plunges British opposition into crisis

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 01:03