Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

New British passports no longer say "European Union"

New British passports no longer say

Susan Hindle Barone, who recently picked up her new passport, said on Twitter she was "truly appalled".

"The British authorities and the British parliament need to understand that (the EU) is not going to be able to constantly exhaust itself with the ups and downs of domestic British politics", he said.

Some British citizens planning to travel overseas already have a tangible sign of what life will look like once the country is no longer a member of the European Union: new passports missing "European Union" on the front cover.

The two are identical, except the new one doesn't have the words European Union at the top. However, she says if the House of Commons agrees a deal in time, the United Kingdom should be able to leave the EU before the European parliamentary elections on 23 May.

The Home Office said the inclusion of the words "European Union" was part of the policy of the EU but was not legally binding, and consumers who receive the new-look passports in the coming months have nothing to worry about.

The decision to revive the old blue British passport became an emblem of the government's promise to "take back control" after the 2017 election despite the loss of Theresa May's majority.

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But it says some newly issued travel documents will still bear the European Union name which has traditionally been on the top of British passport covers, in a bid to save public money, until they run out and order a new batch. This is done "in order to use the remaining stocks of passport forms and to achieve the most efficient use of taxpayers' money", said the Agency.

"I was surprised they've made the change when we haven't left, and it's a tangible mark of something which I believe to be completely futile".

"What do we gain by leaving?" March 30 was the original date set by the enacting of Article 50 for the exit of Britain from the European Union.

Brexit earlier date was postponed.

The words were dropped because the Home Office assumed that Brexit would happen on schedule on March 29, but events inside and outside the House of Commons have led to continuing uncertainty, with May now seeking extension until June 30. "Perhaps we should go the whole hog and reintroduce ambassadorial dress uniforms, as well as bowler hats and stiff collars for senior civil servants".

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