Brexit to bring about UK passport colour change
The cover of the UK passport will revert to blue after the UK leaves the European Union, due to the nation no longer being required to conform to EU standards
The newly designed passports will be introduced in a phased approach and current, burgundy passports will continue to be issued but with no reference to the European Union.
New blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019, when the new passport contract begins, to those renewing or applying for a new passport.
There is no need for British passport holders to do anything ahead of their current passport renewal date.
Brandon Lewis, Immigration Minister, believes the change will help to ‘symbolise our national identity’.
He explained: “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.
“That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019.
“It will also be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new security measures to protect against fraud and forgery.”
More details about the new passport will be announced when a supplier is appointed in spring next year.
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