Tuesday's secret ballot was entirely symbolic: There is nothing in Labour party or parliamentary rules requiring a Labour leader to step down after a no-confidence motion.
It is true that more conventional politicians would probably resign at this stage, as attempting to run a parliamentary party without the support of your MPs is a near-impossible task. Corbyn has yet to fill all the vacancies made by the waves of resignations since Sunday, and following the vote will now struggle to compel MPs to support his policies in parliament.
However, the Labour leader, his team, and his political allies have repeatedly said he will not resign and will only step aside if forced to by a vote of Labour members – who elected him leader by a landslide in September 2015.
Westminster rumours suggest more senior MPs will resign after the vote, including the Whips Office and, possibly, the party's deputy leader, Tom Watson.
If Corbyn was to change his mind and yield to the pressure – which is seen as unlikely – Watson would, under party rules, serve as acting leader until a new leader was elected.
However, in a statement following the declaration of the result, Corbyn said the ballot had "no constitutional legitimacy" and called for "party members, trade unionists and MPs" to rally behind his leadership.