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8th lawmaker quits UKs Labor over Brexit

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An eighth lawmaker has quit Britain's Labor Party over its handling of anti-Semitism and Brexit, boosting a new breakaway group from the U.K.'s main opposition party.

An eighth lawmaker has quit Britain's Labor Party over its handling of anti-Semitism and Brexit, boosting a new breakaway group from the U.K.'s main opposition party.

Joan Ryan announced late Tuesday that after four decades in the party she was leaving Labor to sit with the newly formed Independent Group in Parliament.

Ryan said the party had become "infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism" under left-wing Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime supporter of the Palestinians.

Seven Labor legislators quit Monday, accusing Corbyn of failing to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party and of mounting a weak opposition to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union.

The breakaway lawmakers hope to gain members from among disgruntled pro-Europeans in both the Labor and Conservative parties.

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