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UK passports will return to blue

A combination image of two handout pictures released on Dec 22, by the UK passport office shows a burgundy (left), and blue United Kingdom passport. Britain will return to a blue and gold passport design after the country leaves the European Union in 2019 ‘to restore our national identity’ its interior ministry announced on Dec 22. (AFP)

Britain will return to blue passports after leaving the European Union in 2019, “to restore our national identity”, the government announced Friday. The kingdom will phase out the current burgundy-coloured travel document — commonly adopted by EU member states — following Brexit.

“The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty — symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation,” Prime Minister Theresa May said. “That’s why we have announced that the iconic blue passport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019.”

Politicians in favour of Britain’s departure from the EU were thrilled by the highly symbolic change, while those who wanted Britain to remain in the bloc mocked their excitement. “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world,” Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said, announcing the switch. (AFP)

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