The accused killer of British MP Jo Cox has given his name as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain’ in his first court appearance.

Thomas Mair, 52, made his defiant statement on Saturday in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

He was charged overnight with murder, inflicting grievous harm and gun offences in the slaying on Thursday of 41-year-old Cox.

The killing brought Britain’s European Union referendum campaigning to a halt.

Cox was an advocate for keeping Britain inside the EU and had argued for better treatment of Syrian refugee children.

Vigils have been held across the country in her memory and Parliament has been recalled on Monday to honour her.

US President Barack Obama telephoned her husband to express condolences and released a statement praising her commitment and service.

Police have praised the bravery of an elderly man who tried to aid Cox and was seriously injured. The man is recovering in hospital.

The attack has raised security concerns for other members of Parliament who routinely meet with constituents in public meetings.

AP

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The accused killer of British MP Jo Cox has given his name as 'Death to traitors, freedom for Britain' in his first court appearance. Thomas Mair, 52, made his defiant statement on Saturday in Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. He was charged overnight with murder, inflicting grievous harm and gun offences...