As Britain looks to extend its stay in the European Union, it seems British passports haven’t followed the same path. New UK passports have been issued without the words European Union on the front cover. One person who received the passport said she was “truly appalled” by the removal of the EU from the passport.
I was just surprised – we’re still members of the EU. I was surprised they’ve made the change when we haven’t left, and it’s a tangible mark of something which I believe to be completely futile, Susan Hindle Barone told the UK’s Press Association. What do we gain by leaving? There’s certainly a whole lot we lose.
How British passports will look like post-Brexit has been a sticking point for those who supported to remain in the EU and a rallying call for some supporters of the Leave campaign, after a decision by the UK government in 2017 to change passports from burgundy to dark blue.
Former UKIP leader and ardent Brexit supporter Nigel Farage has previously described the change as his idea of Brexmas. The UK Home Office said that in order to use the best value to the taxpater, passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period.
Britain was expected to leave the EU on the 29 March. Prime Minister Theresa May has since requested two extensions, one granted and the latest a request by May on Friday for Article 50 to be extended up to June 30. The UK is currently scheduled to leave on April 12, after a first extension was already granted.
The British government is optimistic about reaching some form of deal with the opposition Labour Party to end a deadlock on Brexit as work on a compromise continues, Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond has said. — Agencies