United Kingdom issues British passports without words 'European Union'

09 April, 2019, 06:52 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • British passports issued without 'European Union' words on front cover despite still being in EU

Some British citizens planning to travel overseas already have a tangible sign of what life will look like once the country is no longer a member of the European Union: new passports missing "European Union" on the front cover.

The Home Office was working under the assumption that Brexit day would have been 29 March.

"Your new passport will not have the same number as your old one".

Previous year it emerged that Franco-Dutch company Gemalto had won the contract to make the new blue passports, prompting fury from Brexit campaigners and more ridicule from Remainers that a British company was not chosen.

Britain was due to leave the European Union on March 29 and the HM Passport office began printing new covers this week when it didn't think the departure would be delayed.

The decision to remove the words was made in anticipation of Britain leaving the European Union at the end of last month.

The two are identical, except the new one doesn't have the words European Union at the top.

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She said to the EU Friday in her letter that she is making these trainings though she believes it's not in the European Union's interest for Britain and also Britain's interest to take part because it is a member nation that was departing.

Drivers who held pink plastic permits under European Union standards were told to get ready to apply for global licenses in case Britain left without a deal. "Passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period after this date" to use leftover stock. "Both designs will be equally valid for travel", she said, in quotes published by the BBC.

"Leaving the European Union gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world", Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said at the time.

"If there is a customs union and a regulatory alignment between the EU and United Kingdom then, of course, we will have business as usual", he said, after being asked what farmers will have to do if they continue to have ongoing businesses across the border.

Brexit earlier date was postponed. "There's certainly a whole lot we lose", she said.

The Ministry said that the issuance of such passports began on March 30.

Its colour will change from burgundy to blue later in the year, marking a return to the colour first used in 1921.


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