The Conservative Party has issued a press release: “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 blue passport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019.”
It is rumoured that it will cost £490m to organise the change even though “there is no magic money tree”. The blue passport will be a constant reminder that we may have lost unrestricted travel across Europe and certainly the unfettered right to work there and entitlement to free emergency healthcare.
The Tories claim a blue passport is ‘iconic’. It might be for pets (which may just be the way Conservatives consider the electorate) but anyone under about 40 has never had anything but a burgundy passport. That speaks volumes about Conservative support and the underlying Conservative outlook.
In the circumstances you have to consider that it is a bit of a surpise that the blue passport will not include a pull out map of the ‘iconic’ British empire – or at least a list of British tax havens you could travel to.
The colour change is so inordinately pointless that it is obviously covering for the complete vacuum in any government negotiation strategy with the EU. It is difficult to disagree with the proposal for a British diplomatic passport which should be “the colour of a white flag” which “truly represents our standing in the [post Brexit] world.”
Far from pride or greatness, this incomptence is so sad for all of us whose interests this government is supposed to be supporting that you can only but agree with the guide by David Schneider below: