United Kingdom brings back blue passports to "restore national identity"

25 December, 2017, 17:01 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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It's official: the government will resurrect the old, pre-EU blue passport after Brexit.

The newly designed passports, which will be phased in, represent a return to the British document's original appearance with the colour first used in 1921.

But the Home Office has confirmed it will be scrapped when we leave on March 29, 2019.

The new blue and gold travel documents will be issued to those renewing or applying for a new passport from October 2019.

Mr Lewis said he felt the new design would help Britain "restore national identity".

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.

Immigration minister says move will 'symbolize our national identity'.

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Among the new design features will be a new picture page made of a "super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more hard to alter", the Home Office said. European Union member states are largely red; Islamic nations typically prefer green.

When questioned on its significance, given the state of Brexit negotiations, Farage double-downed, "it is a tangible gain and that's something", he said, before conceding slightly, that it wasn't, because of the Government: "There is an bad lot more to do and we really do need a Government with some courage and with some vision and at the moment that does appear to be sadly lacking".

Powell rebuked politicians and commentators who have greeted the announcement, saying: "So long as they are content with symbols, rather than substance, I see no harm in letting them have their way". One of the most iconic things about being British is having a British passport.

The blue colour was actually a foreign imposition, originating in guidance issued by the League of Nations in 1920, and the United Kingdom has introduced some biometric features to comply with American visa waiver requirements.

Other critics included Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales who said: "Can't wait to tell my 2 [sic] British children that although they are losing the right to live and work throughout Europe, they get to get a blue passport".

Farage was undimmed. He added: "In the 2016 referendum, we wanted our passports back".

Tory MP Michael Fabricant said that the passports were going to have to be updated to remove the "Citizens of the European Union" inscription.

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