Stop Brexit man Steve Bray hits out after police confronted him at Boris and Carrie Johnson's wedding party

The anti-Brexit protester filmed himself being confronted by police outside the party venue

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Stop Brexit protester Steve Bray has hit out after he filmed himself being confronted outside Boris and Carrie Johnson's wedding party.

Boris and Carrie Johnson celebrated their wedding at the grand Cotswolds estate of a major Tory donor with guests including staunch loyalists Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries.

But an unwelcome guest, anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray, pitched up on a road near the wedding venue with a giant banner reading “corrupt Tory government”.

And Mr Bray has shared footage from the day, including his police escort.

Protester Steve Bray demonstrates near Daylesford House in Gloucestershire, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie are held a first wedding anniversary party for friends and family
Protester Steve Bray demonstrates near Daylesford House in Gloucestershire, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie are held a first wedding anniversary party for friends and family
Mr Bray filmed several discussions he had with police officers
Mr Bray filmed several discussions he had with police officers

He wrote: "This was my welcome when I arrived, not even got out of my car. He's not a bad officer, he's just following orders."

When asked by an officer what his intentions were at the venue, Mr Bray said he was there to provide balance.

He added: "If you're going to take my amplifiers off me if I use them, well that's part of the protest."

The officer in question then warns Mr Bray if he brings his amplifiers to a certain location, they will be seized from him for disturbing the party.

Stanley Johnson arrives at Daylesford House
Stanley Johnson arrives at Daylesford House

The officer also explains to Mr Bray the party is a licensed event, so wouldn't be penalised for playing loud music.

A helicopter arrives at Daylesford House
A helicopter arrives at Daylesford House

Mr Bray also posted a warning about bees and wasp stings erected near the party tent, claiming this sign was not normally there.

The outgoing Prime Minister and his wife hosted family and friends at 18th-century Daylesford House to celebrate their nuptials in a wider circle, after the pandemic forced them to scale back festivities last year.

The thrice-wed groom’s 81-year-old father Stanley Johnson and sister Rachel Johnson were there to mark his latest marriage, while Australian actor Holly Valance was also seen pulling into the estate.

Political allies who were also pictured arriving included Conservative Lord Zac Goldsmith and Tory MP John Whittingdale, as well as Cabinet colleagues Mr Rees-Mogg and Ms Dorries.

An aerial view of the grounds of Daylesford House, Gloucestershire.
An aerial view of the grounds of Daylesford House, Gloucestershire.
A marquee is erected on the grounds of Daylesford House, Gloucestershire
A marquee is erected on the grounds of Daylesford House, Gloucestershire

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak and current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss missed the party as they were on the campaign trail in a bid to replace the Prime Minister.

The event was being held in a huge white marquee on the expansive landscaped grounds of Daylesford House in Gloucestershire.

The Grade I-listed mansion is owned by Lord Bamford, chairman of construction equipment manufacturer JCB, who has donated millions to the Conservatives.

Staff were this week seen going in and out of the bunting-topped tent amid apparent party preparations.

Guests were able to relax on hay bales and benches placed outside the marquee and eat and drink at casks and small tables as they enjoyed views across vast meadows and orchards.

Mr and Mrs Johnson had originally been planning to throw their wedding party at the Prime Minister’s official country residence, Chequers, in Buckinghamshire.

Those plans led to suggestions that Mr Johnson wanted to stay on as a caretaker prime minister in part to see this through, although this was denied by Downing Street.

They were said to have sent out save-the-date cards for a celebration on July 30, before deciding to change location.

The couple married in a low-key private ceremony at Westminster Cathedral last year, organised in secret, in front of a small group of family and friends.

This was followed by a reception in the gardens of 10 Downing Street with a limited number of guests due to coronavirus restrictions.

It was known Mr and Mrs Johnson planned to have a larger celebration this year after the restrictions had been relaxed.