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After Brexit, British passports will be navy blue

Restore national identity

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LONDON, U.K. - After Brexit, U.K. Home Office has now said that British passports will be navy blue, with the burgundy model, that is required under the EU membership being replaced.

According to the country’s Immigration minister Brandon Lewis, replacing EU’s burgundy design will help Britain “restore national identity.”

The decision would mean that British passports issued after October 2019 will be dark blue and gold.

Every five years, the British passport is redesigned.

The Home Office has announced that the new version of the passport will come into production next autumn when the current contract expires.

The return of the navy cover, which was first used in 1921, is being hailed as a victory by pro-Brexit MPs, who had campaigned for a return to the colour.

According to the government, the new passport would include updated features and technology, and would be one of the most secure in the world.

Brandon Lewis, the immigration minister, said, “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.”

Further, after the U.K. leaves the EU in March 2019, burgundy passports will continue to be issued but with no reference to the trade bloc.

Officials said that the blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019, when the 490 million pounds passport contract begins, to British nationals renewing or applying for a new passport.

The Home Office said British passport holders would not need to take any action before their current renewal date. 

The office said that more details would be released in spring 2019 when the supplier had been appointed.

Several Caribbean countries including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines also have blue passports.

The colour is also popular in Europe, with people from Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina both carrying blue passports; and also in central and South America in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Citizens of Israel, Iraq, Syria and North Korea too carry similar coloured passports. 

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