British citizens could be issued with navy blue passports, last printed in the 1980s, following Brexit.
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The humiliation of having a pink European Union passport will now soon be overUK Member of Parliament
MPs from the ruling Conservative Party have said the colour would symbolise the return of national sovereignty.
MP Andrew Rosindell said : “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.
“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.”
Britain adopted its current passport colour, usually described as Burgundy, in 1988. A redesign will be required to remove the words “European Union” and some feel the opportunity should be taken to return to the traditional colour first introduced in the 1920s.
Another Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant, who has met with firms interested in designing the new documents, said: “You keep your passport until it expires. If you renew after Brexit, I am hoping we’ll have new navy blue passports.”
The Home Office has confirmed the passports are due to be redesigned in 2019, the year the UK will leave the EU. However, the details of the new design as still being considered.