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>> Forget those people who wish us ill.>> UK Opposition Labor Party, in turmoil. I'm William James, Reuters political correspondent in Westminster. Were Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn is locked in a standoff with his elected lawmakers. The opposition Labor Party finds itself in a state of absolute turmoil at the moment.
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Three quarters of it's elected lawmakers voted on Tuesday to show that they had no confidence in their leader Jeremy Corbyn. But minutes later Corbyn said he wasn't going to resign. He said he wouldn't betray the grassroots party members who put him in place as leader of the Labour party.
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So at the moment we're in a stalemate. The party want him to go, he won't go. Labour sees a real need to sort this out quickly. That's for two reasons. One is because they fear that a snap election might be called in the wake of the EU exit.
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And that would leave them in a weakened position without a strong leader to go into that election and ask the public to vote for them. The second reason is that Britain's also about to embark upon a series of extremely complicated but also extremely important negotiations with the European Union.
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To break the deadlock what needs to happen now is that 51 labor law makers unite behind a single candidate, and that will trigger then a leadership contest. But that's not the end for Corbyn, because his name will, as incumbent, will automatically be on the ballot paper. And he also retains the huge support of the party's grassroots members.
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The longer this goes on the less political capital that the Labor Party can gain from the turmoil that's also going on in the Conservative Party. They don't have a leader, they've just started their own leadership contest. These negotiations getting closer all the time. And Labor should really now be up front and pushing their case for how they want Britain to interact with Europe.