Match of the Day theme tune blares out outside parliament ahead of Budget

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The BBC has seen their pre-Budget interviews interrupted, rather loudly, by none other than Steve Bray.

The activist, also known as Stop Brexit Man, has provided his own backdrop to a wide array of broadcasts over the years.

Today, it was the Match of the Day theme tune that rang out over College Green as the BBC reported on Jeremy Hunt’s spring Budget.

The broadcaster had come under fire after Gary Lineker was temporarily banned from presenting Match of the Day.

After a series of pundits and players expressed their solidarity, the presenter was brought back into the BBC fold.

As presenter Shaun Ley conducted an interview this morning, the sound of music in the background got steadily louder.

It soon became clear the choice of song was none other than the Match of the Day theme tune.

Shaun apologised for the ‘background music’ and added he hoped ‘we’re not having to pay for it’.

‘I’m guessing that’s our dear friend’, wrote Sharron-lee Honey on Twitter.

‘This is definitely Mr Bray’, responded Jamie Roberts.

Previously, Mr Bray had become a regular character on the nightly news in protest in the lead-up to the Brexit vote.

He was every cameraman’s nightmare as he hovered behind presenters, constantly trying to get into shot with his banners.

In 2018, he upstaged Jacob Rees-Mogg when the MP stepped outside to speak to reporters after saying that he had no confidence in Theresa May.

He also snuck his way in front of the camera during Brexit coverage on the BBC News channel with signs saying ‘stop the brexit mess’ and ‘save the NHS’.

The activist, who has almost become a household name, vowed to continue living in London even as Britain voted to leave the EU.

Mr Bray became a strong advocate for holding a second referendum, reflected by the signs he has held up saying things like ‘we want a peoples’ vote’ and ‘the people want to speak again’.

In 2019, he said: ‘I’ve had a few threats on my life, things like that.

‘It’s in one ear, out the other with me.’

The spring Budget is about to be announced amid a backdrop of high inflation, strikes and a cost of living crisis.

Last autumn, Jeremy Hunt hiked taxes as he sought to reestablish the UK’s economic credibility following Liz Truss’ disastrous premiership.

It’s expected the chancellor will today focus on measures to encourage people back to work in a bid to promote growth.

But it comes as workers across many industries take to the picket line, sparking questions about how helpful this Budget will be.

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