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Photos: The enduring protest of “Mr. Stop Brexit”

By Johnny Simon
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Throughout the saga of resignations and reorganizations of Brexit, few figures have had nearly the shelf life as one of Brexit’s most loyal opponents. Known as “Mr. Stop Brexit,” Steve Bray has kept up his near-daily protests outside London’s Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street and other loci of power for the past few years since the 2016 referendum.

“I just started doing it to make myself feel better that I’m shouting at the seat of power,” he told the Guardian in 2018.

Bray’s persistence and consistency (he has a few tried and true slogans, and is almost always seen in his blue and yellow top hat) have made him a minor media celebrity as the UK grapples with the unfolding realities of leaving the European Union.

Here’s a look at some of Bray’s appearances as one of the most recognizable faces of the resistance to Brexit.

October, 2017

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Steve Bray, then masked, waves EU flags as security stand guard in front of the Midland Hotel, adjacent to the Manchester Central convention centre, in Manchester in September of 2017.

December, 2017

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Bray in December of 2017, outside the Houses of Parliament.

January 2018

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Bray holds the EU and UK flags outside the Houses of Parliament on January 22, 2018.

March, 2018

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Bray, with other demonstrators, protests opposite 10 Downing Street as Britain’s prime minister Theresa May meets EU Council president Donald Tusk on March 1, 2018.

July, 2018

AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Bray holds placards on Abingdon Green across the road from the Houses of Parliament in London on July 9, 2018.

October, 2018

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Bray and other protesters outside the Houses of Parliament on Oct. 17, 2018

November, 2018

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Bray protesting outside Downing Street in London, Britain on Nov. 14, 2018.

January, 2019

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Bray protests with a megaphone outside of the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 9, 2019.