United Kingdom passports to turn blue after Britain leaves the European Union

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The famous "old blue" was first issued in 1920 after the League of Nations agreed to standardise passports.

Mark Pritchard told the Commons that he understood the new United Kingdom passport could be "designed and printed" in Germany from 2019.

All passports issued after October 2019 will now be navy blue, similar to the design that first came into use nearly 100 years ago, BBC reported.

He said the new blue passports will also be one of the most secure travel documents in the world with new features to protect against fraud and forgery.

Britain's immigration minister Brandan Lewis announced on Thursday all passports issued after October 2019 will be navy blue in a return to the UK's "old blue" model it had for most of the 20th century.

Existing burgundy passports will continue to be valid until they expire.

"In the 2016 referendum, we wanted our passports back".

The tendering process for printing them is expected to take place under existing European Union procurement rules, something that the current British contractor, De La Rue, recently said could mean they were produced overseas.

And five months later in October - when the current passport manufacturers' contract expires - all new British passports will be issued in the dark blue colour that was once famous across the globe.

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Other critics included Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales who said: "Can't wait to tell my 2 [sic] British children that although they are losing the right to live and work throughout Europe, they get to get a blue passport".

Others responded with embarrassment at the perceived trivial nature of the change, and concern about what they considered to be the more serious consequences of leaving the EU. "It sums up the tiny mindedness and misinformed thinking of #Brextremists", said a Twitter user with the name MakeBritainNiceAgain.

- John O'Farrell (@mrjohnofarrell) December 22, 2017Austerity, austerity, austerity.

Responding to Farage, user Vinnie Cocozza wrote: "You know you could have just gone to (a pound shop) and bought a tasteful passport holder".

With Britain expected to leave the bloc at the end of March 2019.

And here are 7 pretty awkward facts all those chalking up blue passports as a "win" should know.

Right-wing newspapers have criticised the government for conceding too much to the EU.

An EEC resolution drawn up in the 1970s hoped the move would "strengthen the feeling among nationals of the member states that they belong to the same community" and facilitate their movement.

In the coming year, the two sides will initiate talks on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

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