On Saturday, the British government stated that the U.K. will be forgoing its European style burgundy passports and returning to the more traditional British blue colour. Although the colour will be changing the documents will be made in the European Union.
This decision was made after Britain decided to exit the European Union. They will be going back to the colour used between 1921 to 1988, the passports will be issued starting next month(March). Those who currently hold burgundy passports will be using them until the passport expires. The supporters of Brexit welcomed the symbolic change.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “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 with one.”
Although the opponents of Brexit stated that the passports will be made by a French-Dutch company, Gemalto who was given the contract. The British government countered by saying that the final stage of the passport, where the personal details are added will be done in Britain. This is to ensure that the data is not misused.