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Even as the U.K. faces the upheaval of Brexit, nobody is talking about remaking – much less replacing – the established political parties.In the Labour Party, too, rebellions are erupting.That is what happened the last time a new centrist party entered the fray. In the early '80s, four defectors from Labour, alarmed by their party's leftward shift and anti-EU stance, created the Social Democratic Party. Those in Labour who are deeply suspicious of the left-wing economic and foreign-policy stance of their popular leader, Jeremy Corbyn, still think the most sensible strategy is to be patient and, when the opportunity arises, to recapture their party.At one point in 1982, the party was attracting the support of more than 50 percent of voters in opinion polls.Today, no major victory looks to be in the cards for Labour or the Conservatives. Moreover, the recent election – in which the Conservatives' 20-point lead disappeared seemingly overnight, as voters, especially young people, threw their support behind Labour – suggests that British voters are up for grabs.Corbyn's Labour ran on the same Brexit policy as May's Conservatives.
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