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False: 'British Refugees Welcome' sign on Madrid building

  • Published at 09:22 am June 26th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:39 am June 28th, 2016
False: 'British Refugees Welcome' sign on Madrid building
A fake image showing a sign that says “British Refugees Welcome” on the Palacio Cibeles in Spain has gone viral on the internet. The image was digitally manipulated for satirical purposes. The photograph shows a sign hanging from the Palacio Cibeles in Madrid, welcoming British refugees, reports snopes.com. The photograph was circulated on the internet on Friday, a day after Britain voted to leave the European Union. This image has been manipulated from an original photograph that was published by Flickr user Juan Alcor in September last year. The original image shows the famous Spanish building adorned with a "Refugees Welcome" sign. Original Refugees Welcome sign The picture was manipulated to serve as political commentary after the UK passed a polarising referendum to leave the European Union, implying – since the vote passed by such a slender margin – that a large portion of people would want to flee the country. While Spain did not open its doors to British “refugees” from the Brexit vote, the country did make an announcement after the UK opted out of the EU: Spain will seek joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar. The peninsula on Spain's south coast is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations. According to the report, the peninsula, a British territory since 1713, is known to its 30,000 residents as "the Rock". However, Spain has long claimed sovereignty over the enclave. "It's a complete change of outlook that opens up new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time. I hope the formula of co-sovereignty – to be clear, the Spanish flag on the Rock – is much closer than before," Garcia-Margallo said.