The murder of UK lawmaker Jo Cox shocks a nation and throws the Brexit referendum campaign into limbo. As Laura Frykberg reports, it could also draw voters towards the Remain camp, an expectation already impacting investor sentiment.
Britain mourns the murder of a prominent politician. 41-year-old Labour MP Jo Cox shot dead in the English village of Birstall. A vocal anti-Brexit campaigner, there are fears her killing was politically motivated. Campaigning ahead of next week's referendum is now on hold. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CMC MARKETS ANALYST JASPER LAWLER SAYING: "It does tarnish the image of the people who are supporting a Brexit, and that with just a few days to go could be a breaker in the election" That's what the markets are certainly hoping for. News of the tragedy saw sterling rise against the dollar. And overpower a meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxembourg. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, JONATHAN HILL, SAYING: "I think the main priority in the UK at the moment apart from this awful news we had yesterday about the killing of one of our MPs is that next week the referendum in coming, everyone is focusing on that. From my point of view. I can see very clearly the benefits of Britain being in the single market." The world's richest man thinks so too. Bill Gates says Britain is significantly less attractive for business without the EU single market. He joins a long list of well-known figures cautioning Britain against leaving. So far voters appear un-convinced, six out of seven recent polls show more want to go it alone.