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A British member of Parliament was shot dead in the street in northern England Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week's referendum on the country's EU membership.Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and vocal advocate of Britain remaining in the European Union, was attacked while preparing to meet with constituents in Birstall near Leeds.The motive for the attack was not immediately known.Prime Minister David Cameron said the killing of Cox, who was married with two children and had worked on U.S. President Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign, was a tragedy.British lawmakers are not in parliament ahead of the June 23 referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU.One witness said a man had pulled an old or makeshift gun from a bag and had fired twice.Dee Collins, the Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said a full investigation was under way into the motive for the attack.Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, said the attack was "absolutely disgusting" and suggested that Britain first was a common slogan being used in the referendum campaign by those who support taking Britain out of the EU.
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