The first blue British passports for nearly 30 years will be issued next month, the Home Office has said.
Prompting celebrations across the land at the reversing of a decision that – contrary to the belief that ‘the EU made us do it’ -we ourselves made in the 1980s.
Blue passports were introduced in 1921
Along with other events of national pride, such as widespread outbreaks of polio.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the passport will “once again be entwined with our national identity”.
If, that is, blue is the colour most commonly associated with nationalist pride, racism, xenophobia, and a determination to make your own country financially worse off.
The UK was never formally compelled to change the colour of its passport in the 1980s
But it did anyway, because back then there were mercifully few people who were capable of getting angry over the colour of a small book you get out once or twice a year.
Securing a change in the design became a rallying point for Brexit supporters, with the government announcing in December 2017 that the blue passport would return.
Presumably because being unable to name any distinct economic benefits that Brexit would bring, the colour of the British passport was the only thing Brexiters could get excited about.
The blue passports will be made by Gemalto, a company owned by French firm Thales.
A passport made in Poland by a French owned company? Well done, Brexiters. That showed ‘em.