New passport design leaves true-blue Brexiteers feeling a little off colour

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After the scheduled Brexit in March 2019, the burgundy passports will continue to be printed, but without the words "European Union".

'One of the most iconic things about being British is having a British passport, ' said Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis, according to The Sun.

New blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019, when the new passport contract begins, to those renewing or applying for a new passport.

On Friday, the Government revealed the current burgundy cover on British passports will be replaced by a "traditional" blue cover that has been absent since the 1980s.

The current paper-based picture page on the burgundy passports will be replaced with a new, super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more hard to alter.

"The UK could have had any passport colour it wanted and stay in the European Union".

British passports were last blue in 1988, that's 28 years ago, how can under 30s have a sense of nostalgia for something they have had no interaction with?

Among the new design features will be a new picture page made of a "super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more hard to alter", the Home Office said.

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EU member states are not ordered to adopt the burgundy passports even though many choose to do so, as a result of a European council resolution from 1981 which recommends it.

Brexiteers welcomed the decision, including Conservative member of Parliament Michael Fabricant, and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who had called for an end to using the burgundy passport in the run-up to the referendum in 2016. "Now we've got them back", he wrote on Twitter.

He added: "The fanatical Remainers hate it, but the restoration of our own British passport is a powerful symbol that Britain in Back!"

However, others were hardly bursting with delight.

Her left-wing, secessionist Scottish National Party wants Scotland out of the United Kingdom then back in the EU.

He told the Press Association: "For 30 years we've had a passport which had to be harmonised with the rest of the EU".

Theresa May's team have said stories that suggest changing the colour of passports would cost £500 million were "fake news".

The headlines as the news broke shows just who is writing, editing, and commissioning the pieces at British publications. "Less of your nonsense!' and stroll straight through".

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