UK to start issuing post-Brexit blue passports

UK to start issuing post-Brexit blue passports

February 22, 2020 0 By mykenyancareers
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LONDON, UK, Feb 22 – 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.

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.