Following the murder of the British member of parliament, Jo Cox, an advocate for voting to stay in the European Union, by a nutjob Brexit supporter, campaigning over whether the U.K. should quit the EU was suspended for a second day today.
Events planned by the two main campaign groups were canceled, while publication of opinion polls and an International Monetary Fund report were delayed until the weekend as tributes were paid to Cox.
Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all canceled or shortened appearances on Thursday, while the polling company BMG said it would delay a referendum poll due to be published on Friday by 24 hours.
With polls indicating Brits favoring Brexit, Reuters comments, the murder "has thrown a June 23 referendum on European Union membership into limbo."
Coxwas shot and stabbed on Thursday by a man who witnesses said shouted "Britain first" in her own electoral district near Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire in northern England.
A 52-year-old man Thomas Mair, described by family members as having a history of mental illness, was arrested and police said a firearm was recovered.