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Will Stop Brexit Man FINALLY be silenced? Steve Bray barred from blasting loud music at Parliament

Will Stop Brexit Man FINALLY be silenced? Pro-EU activist Steve Bray banned from blasting loud music at Parliament under new law banning ‘loud protests’, but REFUSES to stop

  • Failed Lib Dem MP accused police of harassment
  • Priti Patel Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act came into effect today
  • Bray said he couldn’t hold a ‘loud protest’ inside an area outside Parliament

A pro-EU activist known as the ‘Stop Brexit Man’ who blasts loud music and abuses MPs outside parliament was silenced today as new protest laws came into effect.

Failed Lib Dem MP Steve Bray today accused police of harassment for being prevented from setting up his powerful music system in Westminster.

Under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, which came into effect today, he was told this morning by the Metropolitan Police that he was not allowed to hold a ‘noisy protest’ within a designated area outside the Palace of Westminster.

He had spent years playing loud music and berating politicians, straddling a failed bid to win a seat for the Lib Dems in his native Wales in the 2019 election.

The 52-year-old didn’t take the news badly, politely telling police officers that they were “a bunch of fascists” when they explained the new rules to him.

He added that he was ‘not a happy guy, he was harassed a lot’, before seeing a police officer filming the scene and yelling ‘up yours Priti Patel’ at the camera.

He later filmed himself approaching a car with Health Minister Sajid Javid, tweeting, “I’m not giving up or stopping. Nothing has changed.’

Failed Lib Dem MP Steve Bray today accused police of harassment for being prevented from setting up his powerful music system in Westminster.

Failed Lib Dem MP Steve Bray today accused police of harassment for being prevented from setting up his powerful music system in Westminster.

The 52-year-old didn't take the news badly, politely telling police officers that they were

The 52-year-old didn’t take the news badly, politely telling police officers that they were “a bunch of fascists” when they explained the new rules to him.

He added that he was 'not a happy guy, he was harassed a lot', before a police officer filmed the scene and yelled 'up yours Priti Patel' at the camera (file photo).

He added that he was ‘not a happy guy, he was harassed a lot’, before a police officer filmed the scene and yelled ‘up yours Priti Patel’ at the camera (file photo).

Bray started his one-man demonstration while shouting about Brexit, but has since targeted Boris Johnson and conservatives.

His set list features songs from artists like the Bay City Rollers, the Sex Pistols, the Fun Boy Three and Sam Cook, on a heavy rotation.

He regularly plays outside the palace on Wednesdays when he knows that Mr Johnson will be present for the Prime Minister’s questions, but he also shows up on other days.

People working on the side of the parliamentary estate opposite his protest have complained about noise pollution, but local authorities have so far been unable to take action against a legitimate political protest.

Today, a crime of intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance is available in an effort to counter disruptive ‘guerrilla protests’.

This is the kind of tactic that has been used by climate change protesters who have taken their campaigns to the streets.

Bray is also known for appearing in the pictures of live TV broadcasts outside the Houses of Parliament waving his anti-Brexit placards.

He has been accused of abusing politicians – which he denies – and has also been on the receiving end of abuse.

In May, a Tory MP threatened to charge him for falsely suggesting he was the politician caught watching porn in the House of Commons.

In a now-deleted tweet, Bray appeared to be hinting at the identity of the unnamed MP. When the story came out, Mr Bray posted a photo of a well-known Tory and a link to a previous story about him, adding: ‘Has a lot of relevance now, maybe not the story but the person!!! … I’m going to check my cell phone for some interesting websites.’

But 48 hours later it became clear it was a different politician when Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish admitted that he had used his phone to watch porn in the Commons room.

Also in May, the anti-Brexit campaigner posted a video in which he interrupted a dinner at the Welsh Tory conference on Friday before being dragged out of the room.

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