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Splitting headache for Britain's main parties as Brexit deadline looms

Resignations by Labour, Tory MPs come as Brexit deadline looms, with no clear direction

Britain's Conservative and Labour parties, which between them have alternated in running the country for a century, have been warned by their supporters that they face further internal splits after eight Labour and three Conservative MPs quit and now sit in Parliament as independent lawmakers.

The defections, the biggest in a generation, may herald the start of a broader and more spectacular meltdown of British politics, as a result of the country's decision to leave the European Union.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2019, with the headline 'Splitting headache for Britain's main parties'. Print Edition | Subscribe