London-Campaigning for Britain’s vote on European Union membership resumed on Sunday after a three-day hiatus prompted by the killing of Jo Cox, a pro-EU lawmaker.
Three opinion polls ahead of Thursday’s vote showed the ‘Remain’ camp recovering some momentum, although the overall picture remained one of an evenly split electorate.
Several top British officials also intensified their statements to the media.
“Once you have jumped out of the airplane, you can’t scramble back through,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview with The Sunday Times.
But Boris Johnson, the former London mayor, snapped back by telling The Sun “later this week we’ll have a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is our moment when the British people take center stage in history.”
He said people have nothing to fear by “backing ourselves” and voting to leave the EU on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in Bristol, the town of Cox that lies in northern England where the lawmaker was brutally killed, a prayer was held in her honor.
Her alleged killer, Thomas Mair, replied “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when asked to give his name at a court appearance on Saturday.
He is expected to appear before a judge again Monday.
A Survation poll conducted on Friday and Saturday put Remain at 45 percent and Leave at 42 percent — the reverse of its previous findings on Thursday.
While the Remain camp has tried to focus on the potential economic damage that Brexit could inflict, the Leave campaign has held out the promise of Britain taking better control of mass immigration if it leaves the EU.
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage told a TV station that the Leave camp was enjoying a good dynamism before the terrible tragedy of Cox’ murder, hinting the situation is no longer the same.
Alex Salmond, the former Scottish National Party leader who is campaigning to remain, said the tragedy could have a huge influence on the referendum.
Finance Minister George Osborne warned of the huge dangers that the country would face if the Leave camp won.
Criticism has focused on a poster unveiled by the Leave campaign showing a queue of migrants and refugees on the border of Slovenia, with the words “Breaking point” in large red letters.
When asked about it, Osborne called it “disgusting and vile” and said it had “echoes of literature used in the 1930s.”