Nigel Farage hit out at Remainers for “belittling” him as he passionately talked about the new blue passports which will come into effect for British citizens in March. The Brexit Party leader noted anyone who suggests rejoining the EU would be shouted down. Speaking on his LBC show, he said: “Next month we’re going to get back blue passports, the ones that were first issued in 1921 without the words European Union.
“Something which I raised and fought for so hard and was so belittled for doing.
“It’s happening almost without comment, just a couple of pictures of Boris calling up the new proposed design.
“The only slight problem, of course, is that it’s a Dutch consortium have put together the making of these passports and it’s actually going to be printed in Poland.
“Why we can’t print it here, I don’t know but blue passports are back, the word European Union is gone.
“This is now so mainstream that if anybody dared to suggest we went back to mauve coloured passports with European Union, they would be shouted down in the same way I was for taking the other side.
“That is progress, it’s good progress.
“We’re living in Brexit Britain, we’re making great forward progress in so many areas.
“It means it’s a chance to look at your system, look at our institutions and to revive them.”
Britain will start re-introducing traditional blue passports next month, the interior ministry said on Saturday, replacing the burgundy European Union documents that have been in use since 1988.
Reverting to the dark blue of pre-EU days has been a point of pride for many Britons who voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum – even though the new passport will be made by a Franco-Dutch firm.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one.”
Britain formally left the EU at the end of January and the introduction of the new passport will be phased in from early March.
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From mid-2020, all new passports will be blue. The blue cover is a return to the original appearance of the British passport, with the colour first used in 1921, the ministry said.
The back cover will also carry its own symbolic design – the floral emblems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
The new passport will incorporate new security features, including a super-strength polycarbonate data page.
It also includes printing and design techniques to give better protection against identity theft and forgery.
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