After almost three decades, UK will start granting again passports in the traditional blue colour next month, the UK government has revealed on Saturday.
Since the UK officially left the EU, and now is in a transition period until the end of December, one of the main decisions was to change the colour of passport, replacing the burgundy passports that have been used in the UK from 1988, VisaGuide.World reports.
On the occasion, the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel asserted that leaving the EU is a unique opportunity to restore the national identity of the UK.
“Leaving the EU gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world”, highlighted Patel, adding that “By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one.”
The full introduction of new passports will take place sometime during summer 2020, while early next month the government will start issuing the first ones.
The new passport will have a unique design, carrying in the back cover the floral emblems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It
aims to be the greenest because, through the manufacture, the carbon footprint that is produced will reduce to net zero.
According to the Home Office of Britain, the new passport will be the “most technologically advanced British passport ever.”
Just as it has been so far, the standard passports will have 34 pages, while “jumbo” passports, for recurrent travellers, will have 53 pages.
“All British passports will continue to be personalised with the holder’s personal details and photograph in the United Kingdom, ensuring no personal data leaves the country,” a press release of the UK govt reads.
UK citizens who have a burgundy passport will be able to use it until the expiring date.
The UK has been granting burgundy passports without the words “European Union” on the front cover as of March 30, 2019.