‘Stop Brexit’ man finally admits defeat after campaigning for 847 days

After 847 days rallying against Britain leaving the EU, Britain's staunchest Remainer has finally admitted defeat and is hanging up his megaphone for good.

Steve Bray, whose bellows of "stop Brexit" have been part of the soundscape at Westminster over the past three years, has now accepted that Britain will leave, following the Tory general election landslide.

The 50-year-old, who wore a grey top hat and cape at Parliament as MPs returned to Westminster, claimed there was "still hope" of staying in the EU despite Boris Johnson's victory.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (L) and a pro-Brexit protester argue as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on January 08, 2019 in London, England. MPs in Parliament are to vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal next week after last month's vote was called off in the face of a major defeat. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Anti Brexit protester Steve Bray shouts a comment against Boris Johnson in Westminster as inside Parliament the Tory leadership race continues on 17th June 2019 in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
(left to right) Andy Wigmore and Leave.EU founder Arron Banks are confronted by anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray as they leave the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Picture dated: Wednesday March 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and his wife Rachel Smith pose with Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray after a news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and new Members of the European Parliament Irina von Wiese, Dinesh Dhamija and Luisa Porrit pose with Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray during a news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside the gates of Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside Labour Party's headquarters, as they hold their National Executive Committee meeting, in London, Britain April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Mark Francois (left), Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, and the vice-chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), in conversation with anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray at College Green in Westminster, London.
REFILE - REMOVING EXTRA WORDS Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Britain's Conservative Party MP Jacob Rees-Mogg walks as anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
(right) Dominic Grieve MP is confronted by anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray on his way to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Picture dated: Wednesday March 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
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He said: "The majority of people, 53%, voted for Remain parties including Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and the Scottish National Party. That's 1.2 million more people who wanted to remain than leave.

"That's why we desperately need a system of proportional representation. If we had a referendum tomorrow, we'd win it."

Mr Bray, who sold a chunk of his coin collection to fund his marathon protest, vowed to carry on campaigning and said that the focus will be on how to get back into the EU once the "proverbial sh*it kicks in."

The activist, who heckled the prime minister on Tuesday, booming 'B******s to Boris", added: "We haven't left yet. There's a tiny chance of staying in, so as long as we haven't left, there's still hope...

"Our future campaigning will be about holding government to account. Looking forward, to when the proverbial sh*t kicks in, we will look into how we can get back into the EU."

Speaking to Leavers, he said: "I don't blame those people that voted to leave after being promised the earth, but the sad fact is that we are all going to end up in hell after Brexit happens.

"Every single think-tank including the government said that we are going to be worse off with any form of Brexit.

"We may have a high level of employment, but they are not quality jobs. They are zero-hours jobs.

"The financial sector is the crown jewel in terms of tax revenue. Now the bankers are moving to Germany and France. Our standing in the world is gone."

Addressing fellow Remainers, he said: "We haven't given up and we are not going to give up. We need to take this time to reflect about how we campaign and how to become a force to be reckoned with. As it stands we are the only effective opposition. We have to persevere."

Bray conceded the election result was "devastating" and said the focus now needed to be on how to "pick up the pieces".

Asked whether he ever thought his anti-Brexit campaign would succeed, he said: "There are no winners in this. Whatever happens, we are all losers."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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