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The first British passports without the words European Union on the front cover have been issued to the public, despite the delays over Brexit.

They were introduced from 30 March - the day after Britain was expected to leave the EU.

Some of the burgundy passports including the words European Union will continue to be issued while the remaining stock is used up, but those applying for a new travel document will not be able to choose between the two.

British passports issued without 'European Union' words on front cover

The decision to remove the words was made in anticipation of Britain leaving the EU at the end of last month.


Saturday 6 April 2019
Sky News



The first British passports without the words European Union on the front cover have been issued to the public, despite the delays over Brexit.

They were introduced from 30 March - the day after Britain was expected to leave the EU.

Some of the burgundy passports including the words European Union will continue to be issued while the remaining stock is used up, but those applying for a new travel document will not be able to choose between the two.

However, both designs will be valid for travel.

The decision to remove the words was made in anticipation of Britain leaving the EU at the end of last month.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Burgundy passports that no longer include the words European Union on the front cover were introduced from 30 March 2019.

"In order to use leftover stock and achieve best value to the taxpayer, passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period after this date.

"There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not. Both designs will be equally valid for travel."

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