Seven British lawmakers have quit the main opposition Labor Party over the leadership’s approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism allegations in the ranks. The seven moderate members of parliament say they will form an independent group. Their defection is the biggest split in the Labor Party since four senior members quit in 1981 to form the Social Democratic Party.
The group told reporters in London's County Hall Monday that the Labor Party has changed since leader Jeremy Corbyn came to power in 2015 and said the party no longer tolerates center-left views.
"The bottom line is this — politics is broken. It doesn't have to be this way. Let's change it," said Chuka Umunna, one of the lawmakers.
Chris Leslie, another defector, said: "Marxism is now masquerading as the Labor Party. It has the Labor brand, but it is a machine that has taken over."
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