Blue UK passport to return after Brexit

Blue UK passport to return after Brexit

The -approved burgundy document was controversially introduced in 1988.

With Britain expected to leave the bloc at the end of March 2019.

They will gradually be phased out so those with existing passports will not have to change them until they expire.

The only exception is Croatia which has held onto its traditionally blue passports since joining the European Union in 2013. The U.S. has for decades been blue, but American travel documents have been issued in all four colors during the 20th century.

The move was announced today by immigration minister Brandon Lewis, who said he was delighted that the country will be bringing back "the iconic blue and gold design".

"Leaving the European Union gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world", Lewis said, adding that the move will "symbolize our national identity".

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the return of the passport design that is seen as a symbol of national identity for patriotic Brits and was replaced by the burgundy passport of the European Union nearly three decades ago.

Costing £72.50 - the same as current passports, they will feature improved security features to protect against forgery, including a biometric microchip.

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The new document will be introduced in October 2019, said Lewis, and will include updated security features including a super-strength plastic polycarbonate picture page, created to protect against fraud.

Passport color is as much a political move as it is as matter of national identity.

And in 2007, Brussels tried to remove the phrase "Her Britannic Majesty" from the documents.

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.

It was reported in September that a French and German company had been shortlisted to make the new passport, alongside British banknote printer De La Rue.

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".

The cabinet minister added: 'We wanted to return to the dark blue passport because we recognise the string attachment people had to it'.

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