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UK opposition Labour leader Corbyn says he will not resign

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering a speech during Momentum's 'Keep Corbyn' rally outside the Houses of Parliament on June 27, 2016 in London, England.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering a speech during Momentum's 'Keep Corbyn' rally outside the Houses of Parliament on June 27, 2016 in London, England.

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.

"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.

On Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's opposition Labour Party backed a motion of no confidence in their leader. 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. Corbyn has previously said he will not resign and would stand again if the party did call a leadership contest.