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On Friday, British officials said that the burgundy passport cover that is associated with the membership in the European Union would return to its traditional blue cover after Britain withdraws from the European Union in 2019.
The new passport will not carry the insignia of the European Union anymore.
The new passports will be made available from October 2019. Revealing the return to blue, Brandon Lewis, the Immigration Minister, stated: “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,” Lewis said.
For decades, British passports had blue covers. The blue passport of Britain was introduced in 1921. However, it was changed to burgundy in 1988 which was 15 years after the United Kingdom joined the European Union in 1973.
The redesigned passports will also possess updated security features. The Home Office stated that “the current paper-based picture page will be replaced with a new, super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter.”
The supplier for the new passports will be revealed in spring 2018, in a deal that could possibly be worth up to £500 million.
The change is perceived by some supporters of Brexit as a step toward re-establishing the control of Britain over its affairs.
Nigel Farage, a Brexit advocate, tweeted “Merry Brexmas” upon hearing the said news on Friday.