UK passports are to go back to their traditional blue colour after the country leaves the EU.
The government confirmed on Friday (December 22) that the current burgundy EU passport would be replaced by a blue and gold design when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.
Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said: “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.”
“That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019.
“It will also be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new security measures to protect against fraud and forgery.”
The new blue design will be introduced in phases from October 2019 for those renewing or applying their passports.