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About a Dozen Lawmakers Just Made Brexit More Complicated

In Brexit Britain, up is down, left is right, and lawmakers who unite to support a new referendum end up making that goal harder to achieve.
Source: Reuters

LONDON—Among the things that unite the British lawmakers who resigned from the Labour and Conservative parties this week, perhaps the greatest commonality is their shared support for Britain having a second Brexit referendum.

Paradoxically, their departures might have made that goal much harder to achieve.

The walkouts began on Monday with seven Labour MPs, who announced in a their decision to resign en masse within its ranks. By Wednesday, the “gang of seven” became 11, as another Labour lawmaker and three Conservatives joined the so-called Independent Group. Not since the founding of the Social Democratic Party here has either party experienced so many defections.

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