THE Government of Gibraltar has spoken of its ‘deep sadness’ at the killing of Jo Cox MP.
Reports suggest the mother-of-two was shot three times and stabbed with a foot-long knife.
A man is under arrest following the incident, with David Cameron cancelling his historic Casemates Square rally this evening as a mark of respect.
Police are investigating eyewitness reports that the suspect shouted ‘Put Britain first’ before launching the attack.
All referendum campaigning has been suspended following the murder as tributes pour in for Cox in from around Westminster.
A Government of Gibraltar spokesperson said: “It is with deep sadness that HM Government of Gibraltar has received news of the death of Jo Cox MP.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this terrible time.
“This is a truly appalling attack on a serving MP working hard to serve her community.
“This horrific act is an attack on democracy and the British freedoms that Jo Cox worked so dilligently and passionately to defend.
“HM Government of Gibraltar strongly believes that the right decision to cancel any campaigning has been made by both sides.”
Cox is the first serving British MP to be murdered since Ian Gow was killed by an IRA car bomb in 1990.
Following Cox’s death, tonight’s planned referendum debate on GBC has also now been cancelled.