British passports issued after October 2019 will no longer be the familiar burgundy. Instead, it will be replaced with a dark blue and gold cover.
As we make even bigger strides to a full on exit of 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 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 which has not been used since 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 is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have 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 but there will 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 MPO Andrew Rosindell claimed the burgundy passport was a symbol of national ‘humiliation’, it’s the kind of vitriol you’d expect for someone who’s pro-Brexit
He went on to say:
The restoration of our own British passport is a clear statement to the world that Britain is back. Our British identity was slowly but surely being submerged into an artificial European one that most Brits felt increasingly unhappy about,” he told Press Association.
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 is 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.