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Forget Brexit—the Independent Group’s split is really down to their belief in Atlanticism

Brexit and anti-semitism have been both named as the main reason for the splits. But these issues are linked by a broader, key foreign policy outlook

By Andrew Gamble   April 2019

Atlanticism is the Independent Group's key shared belief. Photo: PA

Do the Labour MPs who resigned the whip to enlist in the Independent Group (TIG) stand for anything? We know what they are against—Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, or lack of it, over Brexit and anti-semitism. They also have disagreements with the Labour leader on economic policy: they don’t like proposals for nationalisation or the abolition of university fees. But those issues are not the real cause of the split, which has seen the former Labour MPs join forces with…

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