British passports to return to traditional blue color after Brexit
British Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said once Britain leaves the alliance, the travel booklets will no longer be required to conform to EU standards - which presently require the dark red color.
Lewis added that the move will restore Britain's national identity and "forge a new path for ourselves in the world."
The burgundy passports were first issued in 1988 as the European Economic Community member states tried to blend designs to make traveling easier. For decades before that, the booklets were blue.
Lewis said the future British passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, "with a raft of new security measures to protect against fraud and forgery." ■