UK to start issuing post-Brexit blue passports

 

February 22, 2020

 


The new passport (left) returns to the iconic blue and gold design (right) used before the United Kingdom switched to burgundy passports in 1988 in line with most other European Union nations. PHOTO: AFP/UK HOME OFFICE

 

LONDON (AFP) – Britain will issue blue passports next month for the first time in almost three decades following its departure from the European Union, the government said on Saturday (Feb 22).

The new blue cover passports will be issued and delivered early next month, said the interior ministry, replacing the burgundy passports that were introduced in 1988.

They are ironically being made in Poland after the contract was controversially awarded to French multinational Thales.

“Leaving the European Union gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world,” said interior minister Priti Patel.

“By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity, and I cannot wait to travel on one,” she added.

The issue became another battleground of the Brexit war after the government announced in 2017 it would return to traditional blue passports “to restore national identity”.

The loss of the blue cover was much lamented by some when it was replaced with a burgundy one in line with most other EU nations.

The colour change is a return to the original appearance of the British passport, with the colour first used in 1921.

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