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Blue UK passports to be issued from next month

Christian Fernsby |
Blue passports will be issued for the first time in almost three decades from next month to mark Britain’s departure from the EU, the government has announced.

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Topics: PASSPORT    UK   

They will replace the standard issue burgundy passports that were rolled out across EU countries from 1988.

The home secretary, Priti Patel, welcomed the switch back to blue, but pro European campaigners and nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland predicted the new passports would result in Britons entering the slow lane at airports and ports throughout the EU.

The Home Office says the blue passport will be “the greenest British passport ever”. A spokesperson said: “The carbon footprint produced through manufacture will be reduced to net zero, through projects such as planting trees.”

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