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UK Labour leader under pressure after MPs quit

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LONDON:(APS)June 26, 2016-The future of opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn looked shaky on Sunday after two members of his top team quit and others seemed set to follow over his handling of Britain’s EU referendum.

According to French news agency AFP that Corbyn sacked his foreign affairs spokesman, Hilary Benn, late Saturday after Benn said he no longer had confidence in his leadership, while health spokeswoman Heidi Alexander announced her resignation on Twitter Sunday.

Media reports suggested that several other members of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet would follow suit.

There is widespread anger among Labour MPs.

Many of them have been critical of the veteran socialist leader since his election last September, saying he did not fight hard enough for Britain to stay in the European Union.

The shock decision by the country to vote to leave the bloc, throwing the 28-member alliance into turmoil by becoming the first country ever to leave, was against the wishes of most Labour lawmakers.

The outcome of the vote has triggered a slump in the value of sterling and UK stocks and unleashed a fast-moving political and constitutional crisis.

Two Labour MPs tabled a vote of no confidence in Corbyn on Friday, which is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) on Monday.

But Corbyn gave a speech on Saturday indicating he was going nowhere and a spokesman Sunday insisted he has no intention of resigning.

“Jeremy Corbyn is the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party and will remain so,” the spokesman said.

Prime Minister David Cameron resigned shortly after the results emerged on Friday morning, triggering a leadership contest in his Conservative party.

The winner will replace him by October at the latest.

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