British passports issued after October 2019 will no longer be the familiar Burgundy colour, instead, it’ll be replaced with a dark blue and gold cover.
As we make even bigger strides towards our exit from Europe, one of the immediate changes will be scrapping the Burgundy model – which is standard under EU membership.
British passports are redesigned every five years and the new editions will come into effect from next autumn according to the Home Office.
Of course, pro-Brexiters are hailing this as some sort of victory – anything to make them feel good about themselves I suppose – as the navy cover is a return to the original design, last used in 1921.
The British government have said the next design will also come with updated features and technology, making it one of the most secure forms of documented identification on the international stage.
Speaking to The Guardian immigration minister Brandon Lewis 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’s why I’m delighted to announce the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we’ve left the European Union, in 2019.
The United Kingdom will officially leave the EU in March 2019, however, Burgandy passports will still be valid and issued until the following October, yet there’ll be no mention of the trade bloc.
Furthermore, the Home Office has assured British passports holders their current passports are still valid up until their current renewal date.
British burgundy passports have been in rotation since 1988, after the format was introduced by the European Economic Community.
In April, Tory MP Andrew Rosindell claimed the burgundy passport was a symbol of national ‘humiliation’, it’s the kind of vitriol you’d expect from someone who’s pro-Brexit
He went on to say, according to the press association:
The restoration of our own British passport is a clear statement to the world Britain is back.
Our British identity was slowly but surely being submerged into an artificial European one that most Brits felt increasingly unhappy about.
The humiliation of having a pink European Union passport will now soon be over and the United Kingdom nationals can once again feel pride and self-confidence in their own nationality when travelling, just as the Swiss and Americans can do.
National identity matters and there’s no better way of demonstrating this today than by bringing back this much-loved national symbol when travelling overseas.
I guess any kind of win for the pro-Brexit majority will make them feel vindicated?
Take what you can get guys.