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Banksy unveils new artwork based on Brexit

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A woman poses with the work 'Vote to Leave' by British artist Banksy (valued at 350 Million GBP) during the media preview of Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Britain 05 June 2018. EPA/NEIL HALL

Banksy has unveiled a piece of art based on Brexit and the EU referendum.

The anonymous street artist posted a picture of the work on social media.

He said he previously submitted an early version of it to the Royal Academy's summer exhibition under a pseudonym that was an anagram of Banksy, but that it was turned down.

The artwork is now in the gallery.

It features a Vote To Leave poster with a heart-shaped balloon covered in plasters hovering over the "e" and "a" in Leave, transforming the slogan into Vote To Love.

"I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman - an anagram of 'banksy anagram'," the artist said.

"It was refused.

"Then a month later I got a mail from the coordinator Grayson Perry asking me to submit something so I sent it again.

"It's now hanging in gallery 3."

Banksy is famed for his anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment artworks.

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