7th Dec, 2016

Solihull MP calls for blue British passports to be reintroduced

Solihull Editorial 4th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL MP, Julian Knight, is calling for the return of the old, blue British passports.

Following the country’s vote to leave the European Union, Mr Knight is championing a return to the traditional, blue-and-gold passports.

The UK was the last member state to adopt the European Union’s machine-readable burgundy passport design in late 1988, with many Brits wanting to retain the iconic ‘old blue’ style passport.

Commenting on the campaign, Julian Knight said: “Before Brussels got their hands on it the British passport was once one of the most elegant and recognisable in the world – the League of Nations even described the design as ‘perfection itself’.

“Our vote to Leave gives us a great opportunity to revive this classic British icon: a return to ‘Old Blue’ would be a welcome symbol of the fact that we are a proud, independent country.

“I will be questioning the Government about this when parliament returns in the autumn.”