British citizens haven’t sported navy passports since 1988, when the icon blue covers were ditched for the maroon, European Union standard.
But in the wake of Brexit, conservative members of Parliament, including Andrew Rosindell, have called for a return to the old blue hue.
Rosindell told the Press Association that the “pink European Union passport” had long been a source of “humiliation.” “The restoration of our British passport,” he added, “is a clear statement to the world that Britain is back.”
Officially, however, no decision has been made about the color of the new British passport.
The United Kingdom’s Home Office has announced a £490 million project to redesign and produce a new British travel document. The current passport contract with firm De La Rue ends in 2019, which coincides with the projected date of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
As reported by the Independent, the Home Office has stressed that the lucrative redesign is linked to the termination of the nation’s contract, rather than Brexit.
Residents of the U.K. should also note that at this time — regardless of what color is selected for the new passport — Brits will only be expected to pay for a new passport when their old one expires, even if it’s after the European Union split.