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Post-Brexit blue passports to be rolled out from next month

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24/02/2020
Blue passports will return next month for the first time in almost 30 years, to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The first blue passports will be issued and delivered in early March and from mid-2020 all passports will be blue, the government has confirmed.

They will replace burgundy passports, which were gradually rolled out from 1988.

The blue cover is a return to the original appearance of the British passport, with the colour first used in 1921.

It remained the colour of choice until the UK joined the EU when a change to burgundy was agreed and adopted.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Leaving the European Union gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world.

“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.”

People with valid, burgundy passports can continue to use their passport for travel until it expires.

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