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New British blue passports to be rolled out from next year

New British blue passports to be rolled out from next year

Fans of nostalgia, rejoice! For Britain’s ‘iconic’ blue passports will start to be rolled out from next year.

At least the most pressing and important Brexit issued has been solved at last, eh?

The Home Office has announced that a long-awaited return to our ‘beloved’ blue and gold colour scheme will begin next year, with blue passports being issued from late 2019.

What a beautiful passport (Picture: PA)

The ‘new-old’ design will replace the burgundy cover that has been a feature of the UK passport since the 1980s.

Once we leave the EU in March, it will no longer include the European Union insignia.

It comes as part of a tranche of technical releases from the government detailing what would happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The notice covering travel says blue passports will be back in circulation from late 2019.

Can’t wait to say ‘bye-bye’ to this colour scheme (Picture: PA Archive/PA Images)

According to the notice, those renewing their passport between 2019 and early 2020 will receive either a blue or burgundy one.

But Brits have been warned they could be barred from travelling to Europe if we leave without a deal.

Currently, there is no requirement for Britons travelling to the bloc to have a minimum or maximum amount of time left on their passports before they expire.

Most EU countries are signed up to the Schengen Agreement, which allows passport-free travel and although the UK is not a member, British citizens can enter if they have a valid passport.

But under a ‘no-deal’ scenario, British passport holders will be considered ‘third country’ nationals – meaning they have to comply with different rules.

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They will need a passport to have been issued in the last 10 years and have at least three months’ validity.

The Government’s technical notice says: ‘If you plan to travel to the Schengen area after 29 March 2019, to avoid any possibility of your adult British passport not complying with the Schengen Border Code we suggest that you check the issue date and make sure your passport is no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel.

‘If your passport does not meet these criteria, you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen area countries, and you should renew your passport before you travel.’

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