Family to hold funeral for murdered anti-Brexit lawmaker Jo Cox

The family of British lawmaker Jo Cox will hold a private funeral on Friday after the pro-immigration, anti-Brexit Labour politician was shot and stabbed on June 16 ahead of the Brexit referendum.

The private service for Cox's immediate family is due to take place in her Batley and Spen constituency and will be followed by a function for invited guests, according to a statement the West Yorkshire Police.

The funeral comes after a man plowed a truck through crowds gathered in Nice, France, to celebrate the national holiday Bastille Day on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people and wounding dozens others.

"Jo would ask us not to fight hate with hate but draw together to drain the swamp that extremism breeds in," Cox's husband, Brendan Cox, wrote on Twitter ahead of the funeral.

"Thinking of all victims of hatred today," he added.

The opposition Labour lawmaker died after

A 52-year-old unemployed man with a history of mental illness who had sympathised with racist and right-wing extremist groups was charged with murdering Cox.

Former prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who both backed Britain remaining in the European Union, appeared together at a vigil for Cox.

In their tributes, Corbyn said Cox was killed by "an act of hatred" that constituted an "attack on democracy," while Cameron said parliament had lost "one of its most passionate and brilliant campaigners."

"Jo's killing was an act of terror designed to advance hatred against others... [but] it has advanced an outpouring of love," an emotional Brendan Cox told hundreds friends and supporters at a June 22 ceremony in London to mark what would have been his wife's 42nd birthday.

"I'm thinking of Brendan, their kids and family this morning," deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said in a Twitter message on Friday.

Last update: Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:40
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