Several Labour MPs set to quit the party

Labour's Dudley North MP Ian Austin

Last night the Labour MP said: "There probably will be some kind of splintering" but urged MPs considering resigning to "stay in and fight".

Mr Leslie said Labour had been "hijacked" by the far left, and claimed the party leadership had betrayed its membership by failing to back a Brexit deal that includes membership of the European Union single market.

Labour MP Chris Leslie who has announced his resignation during a press conference along with a group of six other Labour MPs, including, Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith and Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey. Corbyn is lukewarm to the idea of a second Brexit referendum and the leadership's stance has been that may only be called in the event that the party is not able to secure a general election.

In individual statements, all the departing politicians said that Labour had moved away from its values of social justice, equality and tolerance and had put political priorities above national interest. "It has been a great privilege and honour to serve my constituents for 27 years, I intend to continue to represent them as a member of the new Independent Group of Members of Parliament".

Mr McDonnell said Labour backing a second referendum was still a possibility, but stressed that this would only be "in extremis" and that it was more important to get a deal done with the EU.

What is the anti-Semitism row?

A party spokesman said the numbers involved amounted to around 0.1% of the total membership roll, but added: "One anti-Semite in our party is one too many". However, in August he admitted that his party has been slow to take action against members who engage in anti-Semitic behavior.

What does the split mean? .

Mr Dugher, also a former vice chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, was quoted in the Jewish Chronicle in 2015 saying that his party had "mishandled" their relationship with the Jewish community "through neglect, or frankly in some instances, incompetence". The divisions will also do little to provide an alternative path forwards to avoid the United Kingdom crashing out of the bloc on March 29.



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