The man with the hat: Britain’s most famous Brexit-protester


For a year he stands in front of the Parliament in London. A man with a blue hat. Every day he stands there for over a year. The man’s name is Steve Bray, is 49 years old and comes from Port Talbot, a small port city in the South of Wales. On his hat is written in large letters on a yellow background: “STOP BREXIT”. He is Britain’s best-known Brexit opponents. Not much time left to him for his Protest In three months – on 29. The March will leave the United Kingdom, the European Union is expected to.

he was Known, because he wore his Protest up to the TV. British TV stations have reported in the past few months always again live in front of the Parliament about the planned EU-exit or conducted Interviews with politicians. Meanwhile, Bray was with his posters, silent. To get rid of him, switched the transmitter within a few seconds the camera setting. The helped but nothing, as Bray made two steps to the side, and there stood again in the middle. The camera has not escaped him.

The journalists, he drove in the madness, you had to be creative: Since a few weeks, channels such as the BBC and Sky News from about five meters in height, specially installed platforms. Several rectangular structures made of metal rods with a white plastic roof is lined on the lawn in front of the Parliament.

The journalists are Bray now used

of course, the journalists and politicians but also in the height: Bray made a short-hand rods to his signs, from now on, you stuck out from the bottom of the frame. So they left at the edge of the Meadow to a metal fence set up to Bray to keep away from the lawn.

this is the fence he stands with other protesters and said: “your country” and “Britain, the biggest joke in the world destroyed” by the cold winter air. The station pull through their Interviews with the politicians however, they are accustomed to Bray. And Bray uses the. He yells and wags his signs every day.

Each day? “Except on weekends.” In any weather? “In any kind of weather,” he says. Sometimes 15 hours per day. He makes in-between at least breaks? “I eat and I drink, but everything in the Stand.”

Bray came in September 2017 to Protest to London. Why did he do that? “Because I had an idea of what social injustice he would cause” the Brexit. He also feels the government cheated and wants to fight it. He had first lived a week volunteering on the road and at night in Hyde Park slept, he says. To eat he went to the soup kitchen. Bray had a small Online business with coins. Many of which he sold prior to his departure to London.