Bringing Back The Blue Passport Is Going To Cost An Insane Amount Of Money

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days you’ll know that the UK began the formal process of leaving the EU this week. 

And while no one, not even the people who are supposed to represent us seem to have the foggiest what this means for the future of our country we do know one thing, we can finally get rid of those burgundy passports.

Yes, apparently  the colour of our passports was something that desperately needed addressing, although I must admit I don’t remember seeing that on the side of a bus just a blatant lie about the amount of money the NHS would receive if we left.

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Anyway the good news for anglophiles across the nation is that there are plans in place to bring back the blue passports that no one in the world except rabid euroskeptics seem to give a shit about.

According to Business Insider there are reports which suggest a contract worth £490 million to redesign and make a new version of the blue passport have been put forward by the Home Office.

Tory MP  Andrew Rosindell seemed particularly miffed that his passport had been made red calling the burgundy document a ‘national humiliation’ and backed plans to spend millions to make something that was red blue.

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He said:

The old dark blue design was a distinct, clear and bold statement of what it means to be British, which is just what our citizens need as they travel abroad after Brexit.

Meanwhile a Home Office spokesperson played down rumours saying that the UK passport is redesigned every five years to protect against counterfeiting.

They added that they are now working on plans to produce and design UK passports from 2019 when the current contract ends but that the timing of any potential changes to the passport after the UK has left the European Union has not been set.

What exciting times! A blue passport, glad we left the EU for that.


Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.