The renewed passport is one of the most symbolic changes to announce the future of Britain outside the EU after Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and house secretary Priti Patel brandished the copies as they landed on their benches yesterday.
Miss Patel said that the adoption of “iconic” design will mean that passports “will again be intertwined with our national identity”.
“Leaving the European Union offered us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world,” he said.
“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.”
The burgundy document approved by Brussels caused upheaval among Eurosceptics when it was introduced in 1988.
Brussels later launched plans to remove the Queen’s coat of arms to make it more European and to end the use of the phrase “Her British Majesty” in the documents.
Passport applicants will be able to get their hands on the new version early next month and by the summer all travelers will receive the design.
The blue cover marks a return to the original appearance of the British passport, first used in 1921.
In addition to the color change, the back cover of the new passports will now feature raised floral emblems from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
But the blue document also has ecological credentials because the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the production process will be offset by ecological projects, such as tree planting.
It will also be the most technologically advanced British passport that has been produced, with stringent new security measures including extra protections for personal information stored on the electronic chip and a more secure print to make forgery more difficult.
The passport contract has been controversial with the French company Thales, but the documents will continue to be personalized with the UK owner’s details to prevent personal information from leaving the country.
Burgundy passport holders will be able to continue using them until the document expires, which means that some will travel in the old-fashioned design until 2030.
The EU project was introduced to harmonize projects between Member States.