The traditional blue passport will gradually return to the UK after it leaves the European Union. According to the Home Office, documents issued after the exit date (March 29, 2019) will continue to have burgundy covers, introduced in 1988 under EU requirements. However, they will no longer feature any EU-related markings. The dark-blue version with gold lettering will come into production by October 2019, when the passport is set for redesign. This happens every five years.
"Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world," said Brandon Lewis, the UK's Minister of State for Immigration. "That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019."
Mr. Lewis also noted that the new document will have "a raft of new security measures to protect against fraud and forgery." The paper-based page with the holder's photograph and personal details will be replaced with a new "super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter."
Demands for a return of the traditional navy-blue colored passport were a major part of the Brexit debate in June 2016. However, it doesn't look like people are happy with the changes.
Reflects the post brexit mood.— Peter Bates (@PeterBates99) December 22, 2017
UK Citizens will get Blue Passports — I'd rather get the NHS back.— Magpie's View (@MagpiesView) December 22, 2017
I don’t care what colour it is I just want it to say ‘European Union’ on it. I absolutely hate that as a result of just 1.2M votes, in an advisory referendum, I’m stripped of my citizenship of Europe, aside from all the other catastrophic impacts it will bring.— ClareEA #FBPE (@ClareEAdamson24) December 22, 2017
Because at a time when the NHS and schools are in crisis, the sensible thing to do is to throw money at the real issue: the colour of our passports.— Anna Magdalena (@annaamagdalenaa) December 22, 2017