On Thursday, the chief executive of De La Rue, a passport-making company in France, said that the United Kingdom is set to produce its first post-Brexit blue passport. The passport is cherished symbol of independence for the people who backed the withdrawal from the bloc.
During the usually bitter campaigning amidst the June 2016 referendum on whether the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union, which Britain joined way back in 1973, some supporters of Brexit requested for a return of the blue passports that were issued from 1920 to 1988.
The present burgundy document is produced by De La Rue, a British company in northern England.
Martin Sutherland informed BBC radio: “I’m going to have to go and face those workers, look them in the whites of the eyes and try and explain to them why the British government thinks it’s a sensible decision to buy French passports, not British passports.”
The interior ministry of Britain said that it was running a fair and open competition in order to make sure that the end result is of high quality and a secure product that is offering the best value for money to its customers.
“We do not require passports to be manufactured in the UK,” a spokesperson stated. “A proportion of blank passport books are currently manufactured overseas, and there are no security or operational reasons why this would not continue.”