Jo Cox: Brexit is no answer to real concerns on immigration

As part of our tributes to Jo Cox, we’re linking to this article in the Yorkshire Post, published last Friday. In it, Jo Cox very persuasively argues that Brexit will not solve concerns over immigration. She accepts that those concerns are genuine – sincere worries about pressures on GP surgeries or schools.

But she explains that Brexit will not answer the concerns and calls for practical steps to improve the situation.

You can read the full article here.

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15 Comments

  • What a sick and disgusting article. To use Jo’s death in such an opportunistic way is totally beyond words. Have LDV no shame?

  • Andrew Tomlins 18th Jun '16 - 1:22am

    Why? She would be saying the same thing right now if she hadn’t been murdered.

  • What are you suggesting, J Dunn? That Jo Cox’s own written words are somehow insulting to her memory?

  • David Blake 18th Jun '16 - 6:26am

    As it was probably the last article she wrote, I can’t see a problem here at all.

  • Both sides have said they have stopped campaigning, but the way LDV – and some others – appear to be using Jo Cox’s death to attack the people who support leave is sad. I’m in the remain camp, but some people should follow the example of Johnson and Gove who have behaved perfectly through this sad time.

  • I have no idea why anyone should be offended by this article…

    In life, Jo Cox was a fervent supporter of ‘Remain’. Her words are just as valid after her death…
    IMO they are a fitting epitaph…

  • Actually, I think this article is a model of how we should all aim to behave – it’s respectful, making its case with dignity and dealing with concerns in a clear and practical way.

    It goes to where people are and tries to bring them gently to the author’s point of view.

    A good example for people to follow.

  • expats

    I am not offended by the article, it’s just not the right time. Once the “truce” is over by all means publish it. Until then there are many other ways to celebrate this remarkable woman’s life.

  • malc 18th Jun ’16 – 9:43am…………expats, I am not offended by the article, it’s just not the right time. Once the “truce” is over by all means publish it. Until then there are many other ways to celebrate this remarkable woman’s life…..

    I believe now IS is the right time…In a few days the media will have moved on and her voice will have been lost in the noise…
    If, as appears likely, that it was her views that inspired this tragic act then these beliefs (which appear moderate and reasoned, at least to me) need to be heard….

    How much space in the mainstream media (let alone LDV) was given to her words ‘in life’? The real tragedy would be if they were lost ‘in death’…

  • Agree with Caron. The article is important – and should be spread widely – not so much for its content, but for its manner. Jo Cox believed passionately in her views but also treated those who diasgreed with her with respect. That’s the important thing. I’d like to think that LDV has posted this not as some sort of pro-Remain tactic, but as a reminder to all of us – both right and left and everyone in between – about the right way of conducting political discourse.

    The tragic thing is, though she clearly had such excellent qualities, I had never heard of Jo Cox before Thursday. But if she had been the kind of politician who demonises people – be it immigrants or ordinary voters – you can pretty much guarantee I would have heard of her.

  • Richard Underhill 18th Jun '16 - 10:42am

    A man has been charged with murder and will appear in court today in London.

  • Sue Sutherland 18th Jun '16 - 1:41pm

    I think Jo’s suggestion that the taxes migrants pay should go to their local area to improve local services is a brilliant one. It might be difficult to implement but hopefully, with the surge of compassion resulting from her death as a motivation, it could be achieved. I think cross party action to bring this about would be a fitting memorial to everything she worked for in her sadly short life. I would be so grateful if someone could take this up as I am unable to do so.

  • Jayne Mansfield 20th Jun '16 - 9:16am

    At Rankersbo.
    I agree.

    I hope that the public response to her loss is bringing a crumb of comfort to her loving, dignified family.

    She was an extraordinary person and a beacon for us all.

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