Lawmaker Jo Cox Wrote Anti-Brexit Article Four Days Before Deathby
Mail on Sunday publishes posthumous column by Jo Cox
Vote to leave would be act of ‘self-destruction’: Cox
A British exit from the European Union would be "catastrophic" for the economy and do little to assuage voter concerns about immigration, slain lawmaker Jo Cox wrote in a newspaper column four days before her death.
"We cannot allow voters to fall for the spin that a vote to leave is the only way to deal with concerns about immigration," Cox wrote in an article published by the Mail on Sunday. "We are stronger, safer and better off in."
Coming within a week of the June 23 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union, Cox’s killing has the potential to lift support for remaining in the bloc. Cox died on Thursday in her West Yorkshire electoral district just before a meeting with constituents.
The man charged with her murder declared “death to traitors, freedom for Britain" when asked to give his name during his first court appearance Saturday. Thomas Mair, 52, was also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offense and possession of an offensive weapon.
Voters "need to know that the free movement of EU citizens to Britain will not automatically stop if we left," Cox wrote. "The only way to do that is to leave the single market –- an act of economic self-destruction that would be catastrophic for businesses and jobs across the country."