Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK passports 'to be made in France after Brexit', according to current British manufacturer

 Proposed new (left) and current (right) UK passport

The new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, according to the current British manufacturer.

The burgundy passport, in use since 1988, will revert to its original blue and gold colour from October 2019.

The boss of UK supplier De La Rue told the BBC Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto had won the £490m contract.

The Home Office said a winning bid had been chosen but it was up to the supplier to announce the news.

Pro-Brexit former cabinet minister Priti Patel said the decision to hand the new contract to a foreign firm was "disgraceful" and "perverse".
The Liberal Democrats' Brexit spokesman, Tom Brake, said the "blue passport saga" was becoming a farce.

"First it was established that we did not have to leave the EU to have blue passports. Now we learn that the passports will be printed by a foreign company."

BBC       News.