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Tuesday, 26 December, 2017, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

UK Passports to change from burgundy to blue after Brexit

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 recently. The country will phase out the current burgundy colour travel document – used across the EU – following Brexit, when it will no longer be required to conform to the bloc’s rules. “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world,” Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Immigration, Government of the United Kingdom said in a statement. He added the new passports would be “one of the most secure travel documents in the world” and feature a raft of updated security measures to protect against fraud and forgery.

The current paper-based picture page will be replaced with a new, super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter, according to the Ministry. The new blue and gold design – a return to the colours Britain used for decades following its adoption in 1921 – will be issued from October 2019, when a new contract for passport provision begins.

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