Last time I had a blue passport there was no minimum wage, fewer rights at work , and I couldn’t afford to go anywhere -overjoyed ! BBC News – 'Iconic' blue British passport to return after Brexit https://t.co/PHSrwpnEDR
— David Hanson (@DavidHansonMP) December 22, 2017
Back to blue.
According to BBC, British Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said the British passports will return to blue with gold designs after being burgundy since the 1980s.
Although EU never pressured UK to change its passport color in 1988, British passports changed from blue to burgundy after European Economic Community member states wanted to ease travels for both border officials and travelers.
This recent change back to blue comes after Brexit. New passports will be in issued from October 2019 for anyone applying or renewing passports. The new passports will be updated with security components against fraud. And there won’t be any reference to EU on the new burgundy passports.
Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader, was delighted to celebrate and tweeted “Happy Brexmas!” Other political leaders also expressed similar sentiments:
Happy Brexmas! https://t.co/vsrCMeln1e
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 22, 2017
The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty – symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation. That's why we have announced that the iconic #bluepassport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019. https://t.co/pgQvrBIna5
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) December 22, 2017
But not everyone is enthusiastic about the color change:
Why do we need any colour passport? We should just be able to shout, “British! Less of your nonsense!” and stroll straight through.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) December 22, 2017
“What does this new passport do?”
“Can I use it to travel freely and work in 26 neighbouring countries?”
“No – but look, it’s blue.”
— John O'Farrell (@mrjohnofarrell) December 22, 2017
As of now, 76 countries around the world have blue passports, including: Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Barbuda, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the Grenadines, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, North Korea, St. Vincent, Syria, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela, according to Passport Index.
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