Alex Mayer MEP attended the unveiling of a memorial to Jo Cox

Belgium Slain Lawmaker

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A square in the centre of Brussels, Belgium will be named in honour of the late MP Jo Cox.

She lived in the country for six years before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

"She loved her time in Brussels, she loved the spirit and the music, the internationalism, the globalism of this city, and she always gave this message, that we have far more in common, far more than unites us, than can ever possibly divide us".

Ahead of the ceremony, Leadbeater said: "My parents and I are very pleased to be attending the inauguration of Jo Cox Square and are honoured that the city of Brussels has chosen to remember Jo in this way".

"Jo Cox lived every day as if it was her last", said the Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close. Mr Corbyn ended his speech saying: 'In her memory let's build that better world.

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The modest square named in her honour is in a downtown area Cox knew well; the gesture by the city council is part of a drive to ensure more streets are named after women.

"But beyond that I think a lot of people hoped that the violent assassination of a young mother of two small children on the streets where she grew up would have a profound and long-lasting effect on the political discourse in the United Kingdom and beyond".

The square will be a place where Jo and all she stood for can be remembered, and can surely only support, and not detract from, the work of the foundation and United Kingdom communities in honouring her legacy and celebrating togetherness.

Mr Close said Mrs Cox's "investment in women's rights" and her love for Brussels were "absolutely remarkable".

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