Nigel Farage accuses David Cameron of exploiting Jo Cox death to bash Brexit

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20th June 2016

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has accused David Cameron of seeking to exploit Jo Cox’s death to boost support for the EU Remain campaign.

Nigel Farage unveiling his controversial 'Breaking Point' poster
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The lifelong Brexit campaigner said Remain was trying to “conflate the actions of one crazed individual with the motives of half of Britain”.

Ms Cox died after being repeatedly shot and stabbed in a brutal attack in her constituency last Thursday.

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Thomas Mair from Birstall, who according to eyewitnesses shouted “put Britain first” as he attacked Ms Cox, faces a charge of her murder.

Mr Farage was condemned by both sides in the EU debate after he unveiled a poster depicting Syrian refugees with the caption ‘Breaking Point - The EU has failed us all”.

It has been suggested the poster exemplifies a negative approach to politics that fuels hatred and could result in aggression being targeted towards MPs.

But speaking to LBC Radio today, Mr Farage insisted Remain campaigners were linking Ms Cox’s death to arguments he himself had made.

“What we are seeing here is the Prime Minister and the Remain campaign trying to conflate the actions of one crazed individual with the motives of half of Britain who think we should get back control of our borders and do it sensibly,” he said.

“And I think that’s quite wrong, the way it’s been done.”

He added: “I think there are Remain camp supporters out there who are using this tragic death to try to give the impression that this isolated, horrific incident is somehow linked to arguments that have been made by myself, or Michael Gove or anybody else in this campaign.

“And frankly that is wrong.”

Speaking to BBC News later Mr Farage said “every single of them” in the Remain campaign were using the "awful circumstances" to try to “whip up a storm” over the “politics of hate”.

'SPINNING JO COX DEATH'

Elsewhere Andrew Murrison, a Conservative backbencher in favour of leaving the EU, took to Twitter yesterday to criticise the Remain campaign’s response to Ms Cox’s death.

He said: "Remain side spinning Jo Cox murder for partisan advantage in  shameful." He has since deleted the message.

Mr Farage has also taken flak for suggesting his controversial poster would not have triggered such a row without the death of the Batley and Spen MP.

But the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign sent a press release condemning the poster before news of Ms Cox’s attack emerged, while others criticised it on Twitter.

He has defended the poster, saying it was “the truth about what’s going on”, after Mr Gove said he "shuddered" when he saw it and George Osborne compared it to Nazi propaganda.