Britain’s new post-Brexit blue passports will be handed over to applicants from next month, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday.
What he didn’t say, however, is that they will be made by a French-Dutch company in a factory in Poland, based on EU procurement rules.
In one of Brexit’s ironies, the 11-year-old, the £ 260 million contract was won by a subsidiary of the French multinational group Thales last year, after his British competitor De La Rue lost.
Priti Patel said she “can’t wait” to travel with her new British passport
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As a result, all new passports will be manufactured in the company’s factory in the Polish city of Tczew and then imported into the United Kingdom. At the time of signing the contract, the government said it would create 70 new jobs in Britain.
Ministers greeted the introduction