Who is Mr Stop Brexit, Steve Bray? Everything you need to know about Stop Brexit Man

RESPLENDENT in blue and yellow, many know this star-dressed man as the most dedicated anti-Brexit protester out there.

Let’s take a look at the man behind Mr Stop Brexit and how his techniques have made him famous around London.

Steve Bray, known as Mr Stop Brexit,
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Who is Mr Stop Brexit?

Steve Bray is the political activist who’s won a reputation for his daily protests against Brexit.

Born in 1969, the former coin-dealer quit his job and moved from Port Talbot in southern Wales to stand directly outside the House of Commons.

Bray, who’s known by many as Mr Stop Brexit, carries multiple signs and wears yellow starred, EU trousers, a hybrid Union Jack/Eu flag and a “Stop Brexit” top hat.

As well as protesting in Westminster, he also goes on the conference circuit to put forward his message.

Bray has said he remains apolitical on party politics while he campaigns on this single issue.

‘Mr Stop Brexit’ has a knack for making himself heard
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What is he known for?

Bray has become notorious for photo-bombing live politics interviews, by quietly walking into the background of a shot as a broadcaster speaks to a politician.

He’s savvy too – when the camera moves, so does he, remaining in the frame all the time.

Bray accused the BBC of erecting a five-metre platforms outside Parliament to stop him in his tracks.

But Bray got round that by using a huge pole to wave an EU flag in the background, then broadcast on the Westminster College Green.

He tweeted: “How much have these TV towers cost the BBC? (An anonymous source suggests £10,000).
“And to what ends?  If the panorama at Westminster includes anti-Brexit protestors, why wouldn’t they include us?

“At what point is this censorship?”

However, BBC political journalist Joey D’Urso responded by saying the BBC “regularly” uses a podium like this for big political moments.

Bray was also known for drowning out Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg as he was interviewed outside Parliament.

And in January 2019, Bray moved into a luxury apartment opposite the Westminster home of Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg for two months.

ITV has called him a notable figure for the length of his protest and for the technique he uses to disrupt interviews.

While Labour MP Ben Bradshaw branded him an international celebrity.


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