Farage rejects link between Jo Cox murder and referendum campaign

Nigel Farage has claimed the Leave side in the referendum campaign have been depicted as the "bad guys" following Jo Cox's killing.

Speaking in Gateshead, the Ukip leader said he rejected his side being depicted like that.

In other EU referendum developments on Monday:

  • Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the EU must change "dramatically" if Britain votes to remain
  • Conservative Baroness Warsi switched from supporting Leave to Remain, accusing some Brexit campaigners of spreading "hate and xenophobia"
  • Car maker Nissan is taking legal action against Vote Leave over use of its logo

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Campaign rhetoric intensifies ahead of EU referendum

Video report by ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston

A battle of words erupted between Nigel Farage and David Cameron over a recent controversial Ukip poster, which suggested migrants had pushed Britain to "breaking point".

Mr Farage stood by the poster, and also accused the prime minister of linking the motives of Jo Cox's alleged killer to the Leave campaign.

With the EU referendum just days away, campaign rhetoric on both sides of the EU debate continues to intensify.


Vote Leave board member resigns over 'anti-Muslim retweets'

A board member of the Vote Leave campaign has resigned, reports the Guardian, after the newspaper asked the businesswoman about apparently anti-Muslim retweets and tweets from her Twitter account.

Arabella Arkwright has resigned from the Vote Leave board Credit: Big News/YouTube

Arabella Arkwright insisted she abhors racism, telling the Guardian: “I would like to make it absolutely clear that my RTs (retweets) and forwarding do not mean that I endorse in any way the content of them. I RT a wide variety of different views on issues related to the referendum with which I do not agree in order that others can see the breadth of opinion on these matters. Is there anything wrong in that?"

Vote Leave said it had asked Arkwright to hand in her resignation.

Corbyn: I'm not a lover of the European Union

Credit: Sky News

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "not a lover of the European Union".

Responding to questions from young voters at a Sky News event, the Labour leader said remaining in the EU is a "rational decision" Britain should take in order to try and improve it.

Mr Corbyn added that he would still want to work with people across Europe on environmental protection, public ownership issues.

"I think we'd get a long way down the line like that," he said.

Corbyn: EU must change dramatically if Britain votes to remain

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Sky News

The EU must change "dramatically" if Britain votes to remain in the union, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The Labour leader said the institution has to become much more democratic and accountable.

Facing questions from young voters on Sky News, Mr Corbyn said the EU should "share our wealth and improve our living standards and our working conditions all across the whole continent".

Mr Corbyn said his support for remaining in the EU was "not unconditional by any means" and listed a number of problems with the institution.

I'm opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is being negotiated largely in secret between the European Union and the US because it would import the worst working conditions and standards from the US into Europe.

– Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader added that he is opposed to the way "Europe shields tax havens" and they way in which large companies "are exploiting loopholes in employment laws".

Mr Corbyn said if he becomes prime minister after the 2020 general election, he would defy EU rules and protect the UK steel industry and renationalise the railways.


Corbyn: Remaining in EU will not affect NHS

Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: Sky News

Voting to the remain within the EU will not affect the NHS, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Facing questions from young voters on Sky News, Mr Corbyn said the would defend the NHS "to the end" because it is "the most civilised thing about this country".

"We've already got a guarantee of exemption of the NHS on this," he said. "I think it is more likely that a vote to leave would do more damage to the NHS because of the economic consequences that go with it.

Corbyn: Many people probably don't understand EU referendum

Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: Sky News

Many people probably do not understand the EU referendum, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Answering young voters' questions on Sky News, Mr Corbyn said the debate has been dominated by the political class, but added that he hoped interest in the debate would intensify in the remaining days leading up to the vote.

"People I hope will think seriously about it - it's a big decision," he said.

"If we leave I don't think there's an easy road back. If we remain I think Europe has got to change quite dramatically to something much more democratic, much more accountable and share our wealth and improve our living standards and working conditions."

Warsi: 'I cannot stand by divisive Leave campaign'

Sayeeda Warsi said that she will vote Remain despite saying she has campaigned for Brexit for a year because she could not stand by the Leave campaign's "divisive" and "xenophobic" message.

Baroness Warsi said she had been concerned about the "lies that have been told" and the posters used by campaigners.

"What we've consistently heard over the last two months is that the Turks are coming, the terrorists are coming, the Syrians are coming," she said. "This is not the kind of campaign that we should be running."

I had a vision of a Britain that was engaged with the world, outward looking. This was a unique opportunity to re-collaborate our relationship with the EU. But unfortunately what I found as the campaign progressed was that those of us whom I define as 'Hello Worlders', their message was sidelined and instead we started hearing a message that was inward looking, which was xenophobic which was divisive and there came a moment on Sunday morning where I felt I could no longer stand by that message.

– Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

She hit back at Vote Leave, who said they were not aware that Lady Warsi had joined its campaign" saying that she started campaigning for a Brexit a year ago "long before Vote Leave even existed".

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