Bringing again the outdated passport, simply as Britain is negotiating the phrases on which it leaves the EU in March 2019, will please each those that voted to depart the bloc and plenty of of those that voted to stay, immigration minister Brandon Lewis stated.
“Even individuals who voted stay (…) nonetheless have this attachment to the passport of the previous,” Mr Lewis instructed the BBC. “Leaving the EU provides us a singular alternative to revive our nationwide identification and forge a brand new path for ourselves on this planet.”
The darkish blue and gold passport was changed by the burgundy jacket of the European Union in 1988. The brand new doc, which will probably be issued from October 2019, can even include enhanced security measures, Mr Lewis stated.
The color of the passport grew to become one other bone of competition throughout the EU referendum marketing campaign, with many Brexit supporters highlighting it as a measure of Britain’s misplaced independence, whereas their opponents mocked the attachment given the injury they believed leaving the bloc would do.
The change will probably be launched as outdated passports expire and are available at no further value to the taxpayer.
Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, an opponent of Brexit in Britain’s ruling celebration, tweeted: “Stand by for avenue events as blue passports return. Undecided they’re going to make up for damaged #Go away promise of additional £350m every week for (British public well being service) NHS.”
She was referring to a Brexit slogan which promised extra funding for Britain, reminiscent of for the well being service, as soon as Britain stopped contributing to the EU, in what grew to become a touchstone for the talk.
Nigel Farage, a number one supporter of Brexit and former head of the UK Independence Get together tweeted: “Completely satisfied Brexmas!”
“A return to British passports means we have gotten a correct nation once more. We’re getting our individuality and nationwide identification again,” he wrote.
© Thomson Reuters 2017