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Boris Johnson declines to apologise for his language about Jo Cox
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Boris Johnson declines to apologise for his language about Jo Cox

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Rejecting the Labour MP’s demand, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declined to apologise for his language about Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered during the EU referendum campaign.

Earlier, Labour MP Jess Phillips had urged the prime minister to apologise after he said the best way to honour Jo Cox was to "get Brexit done".

Ms Jo Cox, who supported ‘Remain’ during the referendum campaign, died in 2016 after she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Criticising Boris Johnson, Jo Cox’s husband Brendan Cox told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he had been shocked by the language used in the Commons on Wednesday.

Johnson dismissed one MP's intervention, in which she both criticised his use of language and mentioned the killing of Ms Cox, as "humbug". In the Commons on Wednesday, he told one MP that her concerns about aggressive language fuelling violence were “humbug” and another that the best way to honour Cox was to “get Brexit done”.