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David Cameron leads Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labor MP Hilary Benn as they pay tribute near the scene of the killing on June 17, 2016. Reuters

London-British Prime Minister David Cameron called lawmakers to “unite against hatred that killed their colleague Jo Cox.”

British Parliament convened on Monday in a special session three days ahead of the referendum on EU membership to pay tribute to Jo Cox, the lawmaker who was killed in a village in northern England last week.

“Jo’s politics were inspired by love,” Cameron said.

“May we and the generations of members that follow us in this House honor Jo’s memory by proving that the democracy and freedoms Jo stood for are indeed unbreakable, by continuing to stand up for our constituents, and by uniting against the hatred that killed her, today and for evermore.”

For his part, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labor Party, to which Cox belonged, said that “we need a kinder, gentler politics.”

Corbyn, who wore white rose along with members of all the parties, added: “We all have a responsibility, in this House and beyond, not to whip up hatred and sow division.”

Meanwhile, the two polls based on the freshest surveys of voters – which were conducted almost entirely after the killing on Thursday of a British lawmaker – both put the “In” camp in the lead, reversing a recent rise in support for “Out”.

Prior to Saturday’s polls, in the period between June 10 and June 16, “Out” led in seven of nine polls, rattling investors.

Traders have been jittery as polls have fluctuated, but on Monday the pound surged against the dollar and stocks in Europe rose.

Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital, said investors are reacting to the weekend’s polls which pointed to resurgence for Remain.
He said: ‘Three polls over the weekend showed a tangible swing back towards Remain and it looks like investors are reacting to these data.

Moreover, Cox’s alleged killer, Thomas Mair, was due at Central London Criminal Court later Monday for a bail hearing. When asked to give his name at his first court appearance on Saturday, the 52-year-old replied: “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”

In a common matter, taking a stance against the tactics used by the “Brexit” campaign, former Conservative Party chair and “Vote Leave” advocate Baroness Sayeeda Warsi announced on Monday that she was defecting to the “Vote Remain” camp.

Arriving for a meeting with EU counterparts in Luxembourg on Monday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned the electorate, however, that a vote to leave the EU would be “irreversible.”

“There will be no going back,” Hammond said.