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Cameron calls MP Cox Killing ‘An Attack on Democracy’ as Thousands Turn Out for Her Vigil

21st Century Wire says…

Thousands of constituents and members of the public, along with a long list of MPs and official dignitaries, all turned out today for memorial services and vigils in Westminster and Birstall, Leeds to pay their respects to Jo Cox MP who was killed last Thursday after a strange altercation and deadly shooting outside her local library following a local consultation with her constituents there.

The shooting of Cox, noted as the first time a female parliamentarian has ever been murdered in UK history, came just one week before the controversial EU Referendum or ‘BREXIT’ vote is scheduled to take place.

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UNTIMELY TRAGEDY: The death of  Labour MP Jo Cox, 41 yrs old from Leeds.

The event quickly became the UK’s top story and national event, causing all campaigning and talk of ‘BREXIT’ to come to a grinding halt, as the media and government leaders shifted its focus away from matters of state and towards an outpouring of condolences and calls for ‘unity’ across Cox’s Yorkshire constituency and the country.

The Guardian the headline called the Labour MP, “A 21st Century Good Samaritan.”

Prime Minister David Cameron led the procession through Cox’s constituency in Birstall, and afterwards referred to Cox’s killing an ‘attack on democracy.’

Cameron also called for the country to united behind him to ‘drive out division and intolerance from our communities.’ The Daily Mail reports:

“The Prime Minister said the whole nation was ‘rightly shocked’ at Mrs Cox’s death, and called for people to ‘value, and see as precious, the democracy we have on these islands’. Politics was about public service and MPs wanted to ‘make the world a better place’, he said.

And Mr Cameron added: ‘Where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance, we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities.”

‘If we truly want to honour Jo, then what we should do is recognise that her values – service, community, tolerance – the values she lived by and worked by, those are the values that we need to redouble in our national life in the months and years to come.”

The Daily Mail also reported how UKIP leader Nigel Farage attended and laid flowers in tribute during the service at Parliament Square:

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Immediately following the incident, most of the national media quickly characterized the killing at “politically motivated” and blamed it on nationalist extremist ideology, with almost every major media outlet, led by the BBC, all claiming that the attacker shouted “Britain First” in reference to a dubious ‘extremist right-wing nationalist’ party with the same name.

At the time of her death, Jo Cox was actively campaigning for Britain to ‘Remain’ in the EU.

A day later, it quickly emerged that this talking point was in fact injected into the public discourse (see Update 17:40 — Labour MP Maria Eagle deletes tweet claiming killer shouted “Britain First”) via a few well-place sources close to the political establishment and the media.

The shop keeper whom this sensational testimony was attributed quickly disavowed the mainstream media’s conspiracy theory and even left a public message in his launderette’s window saying:

“Please note, I did not tackle the gunman. And no one shouted Britain First at any time.”

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However, despite the “BREXIT GUNMAN” media hysteria spun around this event and the high-profile outpouring of sympathy in the wake of the Cox tragedy – incredibly, some polls are showing that public support for the ‘Leave’ vote has actually increased since last Thursday’s incident, according to a recent report from USA Today:

“British support for remaining in the European Union has weakened in the wake of the murder of the pro-EU politician Jo Cox, according to an online research company Friday.”

Qriously, a London-based technology start-up that gathers data and intelligence about consumers through mobile phone apps, found that backing among likely voters for Britain’s EU membership has dropped to 32% from 40% before her death.”

“The poll was based on 1,992 British adults surveyed on June 13-16, and then 1,002 on June 17 — the day after Cox was shot and killed in northern England. The start-up claims to have held the first such survey on the topic since the lawmaker’s slaying. Most of Qriously’s surveys are done for corporate brands and it has not been previously conducted an EU referendum poll.”

“Respondents were asked: “Imagine the EU referendum were held today. Would you vote for the U.K. to remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?” They were given three options: “Remain in the EU,” “Leave the EU,” or “Don’t know.”

“Qriously found that 52% will vote to leave the bloc in a national referendum on June 23. The figure is unchanged from before the parliamentarian’s death. The weakening support for remaining in the EU coincided with a large move toward “Don’t know,” which leaped to 16% from 9% before Cox’s assassination.”

Déjà vu EU?

This incredible twist following what would seem to be a likely shift in public opinion in response to a public tragedy is practically a mirror-image replay of a similar event which took place in Sweden in 2003, also on the eve of an EU Referendum.

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The murder of Jo Cox is strikingly similar to the brutal stabbing and murder of former Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh (photo, above) on 10th September 2003, which took place only days before Sweden’s referendum to join the Eurozone single currency on the 14th of September 2003. Prior to Lindh’s untimely death, polls were showing a majority of Swedes were leaning towards the NO vote. Like Cox, Anna Lindh was a social democrat and had been actively campaigning for the YES vote.

Just like in Britain last week, all referendum campaigning in Sweden was came to an abrupt halt until voting day. Though many expected the NO vote to reside following the horrific murder, the opposite transpired. According to one Scandinavian source, a GLADIO-style outcome could have been in play in Sweden in 2003:

“Those who organized the murder had hoped that the YES-side would gain sympathy, so that Sweden would join the Euro. Anna Lindh was very popular. But the opposite was the case. Unusually many Swedes participated in the election and an overwhelming majority voted against the Euro, which was very positive for Sweden.” (WhiteTV.se)

Like with Jo Cox and her campaigning for a ‘No-Fly Zone’ and regime change in Syria, Lindh was also extremely active in matters of foreign policy, with controversial stances on Swedish relations to the US over the Iraq War and rendition (US were at odds with Lindh over the US rendition of ‘terror suspects’ from Sweden itself), and also regarding diplomatic dialogue with Serbia. Coincidentally, Lindh was also highly critical of the policy of Israel and even called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements and occupation of Palestine. Her death also had some striking similarities to the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Oalme in 1976 which some researchers believe could have been linked to Italy’s P2 Lodge and Operation GLADIO, with many of the GLADIO signatory trademarks where premeditated synthetic violence is used to create political division and increase ‘public security’ in Europe.

With a similar political climate of perceived social division between “right-wing nationalists” and the immigration issue, the assassination in 2003 of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn of the Netherlands also comes to mind. Many have suspected that there was a larger political agenda at play behind this incident too. Incredibly, Fortuyn’s killer managed to walk from detention after serving only 9 years in prison.

Once the memorial services have passed and the BREXIT debate resumes, public, pundits and politicians alike will all be anxious to know what the EU Referendum results will be.

Voters might be disappointed to learn though, that regardless of what the UK referendum result is, the vote is not legally binding and besides that, in practical terms – Britain cannot actually leave the EU – according to numerous legal experts, at least not for another 10 years.

That’s one important point which is not being discussed by the major media outlets, because it would expose the referendum charade as nothing more than a clever, drawn-out psychological operation designed to play the British public off against each other.

READ MORE BREXIT NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Brexit Files

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