UK’s Labor leader defies Brexit ouster vote

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LONDON: British opposition Labor lawmakers voted massively against their leader Jeremy Corbyn in a no-confidence motion Tuesday triggered by the Brexit crisis, but the veteran socialist refused to quit. Corbyn, who has the crucial backing of labor unions and was elected last year in a landslide by ordinary Labor party members, was defeated by 172 to 40 in the non-binding vote of Labor lawmakers. But the 67-year-old self-declared pacifist insisted he would not stand down. “I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labor members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning,” he said in a statement. “Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.”

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