The color combination had been identified as a key symbol of national sovereignty.
On Friday, the British government said once the country leaves the European Union in March 2019, it will reintroduce its classic blue and gold passport, a key symbol of national sovereignty.
As per Brandon Lewis, Britain’s immigration minister, the move is likely to please both set of voters – those who voted to leave the EU and those who voted to stay.
“Even people who voted remain (…) still have this attachment to the passport of the past,” said Lewis to the BBC. “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.”
In 1988, the dark blue and gold passport was replaced by the burgundy jacket of the European Union. The new document, which will be issued from October 2019, will also feature enhanced security features, said Lewis.
The color of the passport had became a bone of contention during the EU referendum campaign, with many Brexiters highlighting it as a measure of Britain’s lost independence.
New passports will be introduced once old passports expire, with no extra cost to the taxpayer.
“Stand by for street parties as blue passports return. Not sure they’ll make up for broken #Leave promise of extra £350m a week for (British public health service) NHS,” tweeted conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, an opponent of Brexit in Britain’s ruling party.
“A return to British passports means we are becoming a proper country again. We are getting our individuality and national identity back,” tweeted Nigel Farage, a leading supporter of Brexit and former head of the U.K’s Independence Party.