Leaders from across the political spectrum called upon embattled Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn to resign on Wednesday, following last week’s Brexit vote. Despite having supported a break-up with the European Union for decades, Corbyn campaigned on behalf of ‘remain’. While Prime Minister David Cameron (Conservative) resigned following the referendum, Corbyn has refused to step down from his position as chair of the UK’s second largest party.
On Tuesday Labour MPs voted overwhelmingly against Corbyn in an internal vote of no confidence. Only 40 MPs supported the party chief, while 172 voted against him.
Since the Brexit vote, most of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has resigned, forcing him to appoint junior MPs elected just last year in their stead.
As the growing rebellion tears Labour in two, senior party officials have called upon Corbyn to step down for the sake of the party.
Calling his position “untenable”, former party chief Ed Miliband implored Corbyn to accept the results of the recent no confidence vote.
“I’ve supported Jeremy Corbyn all the way along because I think that was the right thing to do. I’ve reluctantly reached the conclusion that his position is untenable.”
Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown predicted Corbyn would ultimately be forced to resign.
“[H]e’s going to go…[party members] have no faith in him.”
Labour rebels have pledged to challenge Corbyn’s leadership, with former shadow cabinet minister Angela Eagle likely to run against the incumbent party chief.
Meanwhile, support for Corbyn appears to be rapidly dwindling. A rally planned by loyalists was cancelled at the last minute, as even former allies increasingly see the Labour leader’s position as unsustainable.