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UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn loses confidence vote

Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP | British opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walks near Portcullis House in central London on June 28, 2016

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not resign after Members of Parliament (MPs) in his party overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in his leadership.

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Corbyn lost a confidence vote on Tuesday, with 172 of his Labour Party's lawmakers voting against him and 40 in favour.

The motion was tabled in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and backed by many who felt he had not campaigned hard enough to keep the country inside the EU, and would not be able to win a future election.

The result, which was expected after days of heavy criticism from within his party, has no formal consequence and does not automatically trigger a leadership election.

"I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning," he said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. "Today's vote by MPs has no constitutional
legitimacy," he added.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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