United Kingdom brings back blue passports to "restore national identity"

The current European Union-approved burgundy document was controversially introduced in 1988

The current European Union-approved burgundy document was controversially introduced in 1988

The new blue and gold design will then be issued to people renewing or applying for a new passport.

Even Theresa May burst with jingoistic glee: "The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty - symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation.That's why we have announced that the iconic #bluepassport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019".

Labour MP Chuka Ummuna tweeted to say none of his constituents had written to him to demand blue passports, whereas they did want to know how Brexiteers' promises on funding for the NHS would be honoured.

Britain will cease issuing passports in the European Union's (EU) traditional burgundy color after Brexit, the U.K.'s Home Office confirmed Friday.

Farage reiterated his Christmas-Brexit phrase to the BBC before adding the decision was something to savour, saying "it is the first, real, tangible victory that we have had since the referendum and it something that we should all celebrate".

While the blue passport will hold nostalgic value for some it's thought that anyone under the age of 45 would never have been in possession of a blue passport.

Nigel Farage has lauded the decision to change British passports from burgundy to blue as being the "first real, tangible victory" since the European Union referendum and used it to wish Britain a Merry Christmas in the way only he can - by coining the term, "Happy Brexmas". "Now we've got them back!"

There's no need to panic just yet though, officials have made it clear that there is no need for red passport holders to make any changes before their current renewal date.

'The new, unique blue passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new and updated security features and technologies to protect against fraud and forgery.

Britain will now join 76 other countries who also have a blue passport such as Australia, the United States, Canada, India and Hong Kong.

The blue passports will be issued later the same year, after a new contract for their production is negotiated.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said Brexit presented an opportunity to "restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world".

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