Both sides of the issue over whether the UK should exit the EU (Brexit) suspended campaigning for a 2nd day Friday after the murder of Labor lawmaker Jo Cox, 41 anni,a strong advocate for voting to stay in next week’s referendum.
“Vote Leave” and “Britain Stronger in Europe,” the Key campaign groups, put their activities on hold.
Events planned Friday by the US Independence Party, Economists for Brexit and Labor Leave were canceled. That follows scrapped speeches on Thursday by Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.
Ms. Cox was shot dead in the town of Birstall, Northern England, in the early afternoon Thursday.
She was a advocate of Britain remaining in Europe, as well as a Champion of the poor and of Syrian refugees. And while the debate over UK membership in the 28-nation bloc has been ongoing, it has grown especially rancorous in the past 2 weeks with politicians in Mr. Cameron’s divided Conservative Party turning against each other.
An eyewitness to Cox’s killing, said he had seen a man shoot and then stab her. “The words I heard him say was ‘Britain First’ or ‘Put Britain First’,” Rothwell said in a BBC television interview. “He shouted it at least twice.”
It was the first killing of a member of Parliament in more than 20 years, since the days of Irish Republican terrorism.
Ms. Cox was elected to the House of Commons last year and had campaigned passionately in favor of continued EU membership. Wednesday, her husband, Brendan, had taken their 2 young children out onto the River Thames to fly an “IN” flag from a motorboat.
Mr. Cameron, due to address a rally in favor of EU membership in Gibraltar, canceled his address.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it was delaying a planned release of reports on the implications of the UK leaving the EU, while the polling company BMG said it would delay a referendum poll due to be published Friday by 24 hours. The suspension of campaigning lifted GBP. which fell in recent weeks as polls tightened.
“Britain First,” which the arrested man is alleged to have shouted, is the name of a group that campaigns against immigration and Britain’s EU membership.
A video on the group’s website showed activists learning combat techniques at a “training camp” in the Snowdonia mountains of North Wales. In a statement on the site, the group said it “obviously is NOT involved and would never encourage behavior of this sort.”
Guns are very tightly controlled in the UK, and shootings are rare.
Since the end of the terrorism campaigns in Northern Ireland, there have been few attacks on lawmakers. In Y 2010, Labor’s Stephen Timms was stabbed in the stomach by a constituent who had been radicalized by watching Islamic preachers online. He made a full recovery.
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