UK “iconic” blue passports to be issued next month after leaving the EU | Policy news

The British will see the return of blue passports from next month after the UK leaves the EU.

The first of the new-style passports – described by the government as a return to an “iconic” design – will be released and delivered in early March, the Interior Ministry announced.

Home secretary Priti Patel said: “Leaving the EU has offered us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world.

“Going back to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be intertwined with our national identity and I can’t wait to travel on one.”

House secretary Priti Patel with the new British passport
Home secretary Priti Patel hailed the iconic blue and gold design

The introduction of blue passports will be introduced gradually and, starting from mid 2020, all new passports will be blue to replace their burgundy predecessors.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May announced a return to blue passports in December 2017, calling it “an expression of our independence and sovereignty” while planning the UK’s exit from the EU.

It was later revealed that a French-Dutch firm would be awarded the £ 260 million contract to produce the new passports, controversially replacing the previous British producer of British passports.

The UK adopted the burgundy passport in 1988 in line with EU recommendations, with some Brexiteers who had used the vote to leave the blockade to argue for a return to the previous blue color, which had been used for the first time in the 1921.

Whether the old passports were blue or black was the subject of the debate.

Some within the EU have previously pointed out that the UK has never had any legally binding obligation to change color to burgundy.

Croatia, which joined the EU in 2013, retained its blue passport with no intention of changing its color scheme.

New UK passport
Passports will be the “most technologically advanced” ever

In addition to the color change, the new UK passports issued next month will be printed with the floral emblems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Home Office also boasts that it will be the “most technologically advanced British passport ever”, with a host of new and updated security features.

This includes a polycarbonate data page containing technologies embedded in the document to protect personal data.

The new passports will also be made using “the latest and safest printing and design techniques” to ensure they are “even more difficult to falsify,” said the Ministry of the Interior.

The department is also promising to reduce the carbon footprint produced by manufacturing new passports to zero net, through projects such as planting trees.

New British passport against its predecessor
The new British passport against its predecessor prior to 1988

Standard passports will continue to contain 34 pages, while frequent traveler “jumbo” passports will now contain 54 pages.

Those with valid, burgundy passports can continue to use them for travel until their expiration.

Since March last year, burgundy passports have started to be issued without the words “European Union” on the cover.

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