Blue British passports to be issued in March

epa06643184 A British passport (L) which will returning to blue after Britain leaves the European Union, and the current red EU British passport (R) which was announced by British Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis on 22 December 2017. News reports state that the British, De La Rue plc, security and anti-counterfeiting provider for banknotes, identity and brand protection, will formally appeal the British government?s decision to award the 490 million GBP contract new British passport printing contract to Franco-Dutch international digital security company Gemalto. The British government has granted a two-week extension in the process to decide who will produce the British passports after Brexit and will be announced on 17 April 2018. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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The first blue British passports for nearly 30 years will be issued next month, the Home Office has said.

BBC reports Blue passports were used in the UK from 1921 until 1988, when members of the then European Economic Community agreed to harmonise designs.

Sky News reports Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Leaving the EU gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world.

“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 on one.”

Via BBC / Sky News

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