LONDON (Reuters) – For the last two years, demonstrator Steve Bray has become known for his protests outside Westminster, shouting “Stop Brexit” at British lawmakers inside parliament and disrupting live news reports with his pro-European Union banners.
Westminster protester and anti Brexit activist Steve Bray holds his placards after a Reuters interview near the Parliament Buildings in Westminster, London, Britain December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
And despite Britain’s EU divorce now looking inevitable after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Thursday’s election with a pledge to deliver Brexit by the end of January, the 50-year-old Welshman has no intention of stopping his demonstrations.
“The fight carries on, absolutely,” Bray told Reuters on Friday outside parliament, dressed in his usual uniform of a blue and yellow hat – the colours of the EU flag – and wearing a large joint Union Jack and EU flag on his back.
“I’m going to do everything I can, and I’m sure millions of other people will too. Whilst we are still in the European Union there is hope, albeit the odds are stacked against us. Rome was not built in a day.”
A self-employed numismatist, Bray left his home in Port Talbot, south Wales, in September 2017, with the aim of standing outside Westminster each day while lawmakers were in session.
While both pro- and anti-EU demonstrators have regularly protested outside parliament, Bray’s “Stop Brexit” cries and waving of banners behind news crews have made him instantly recognisable.