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UK starts issuing passports without 'European Union' on cover


LONDON: Britain has begun issuing passports with the words "European Union" got rid of from the entrance duvet - regardless of Brexit being not on time and uncertainty over when the rustic will go away the bloc.

The inside ministry confirmed that some passports presented from March 30, the day after Britain was originally due to leave, not include references to the EU following a 2017 determination.


However, it mentioned some newly-issued go back and forth documents would still undergo the bloc's name - which has sat atop British passport covers - in a bid to save public money. "In order to use leftover stock and achieve best value for the taxpayer, passports that include the words 'European Union' will continue to be issued for a short period," a spokeswoman mentioned.

"There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not," she added, noting both designs can be "equally valid for travel".

Britain was set to leave the EU on March 29 but has been compelled to lengthen its go out amid political paralysis in Westminster over the phrases of the divorce deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday was compelled to invite the bloc for some other extension, until June 30, to prevent the rustic crashing out next Friday without an accord.

But it's unclear whether the opposite 27 EU members, which must give unanimous backing, will grant the request or insist on an excellent longer lengthen.

British passports have become ensnared in the nation's Brexit divisions after the government introduced in 2017 it might go back to traditional blue passports "to restore national identity".


The go back and forth documents had darkish blue covers from 1921, but Britain switched to burgundy from 1988, in not unusual with different passports in what was then the European Community.


Brexit backers are extremely joyful via the extremely symbolic alternate, whilst those that make stronger closing in the bloc have mocked their excitement.


Last 12 months it emerged that Franco-Dutch corporate Gemalto had gained the contract to make the brand new blue passports, prompting fury from Brexit campaigners and extra ridicule from Remainers that a British corporate was not chosen.


The new manufacturing contract is to start in October 2019, with the passports currently being issued regardless of the EU on them still in the burgundy colour.


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