Due to the delay in the UK leaving the EU, UK passports will remain burgundy and continue to include the words “European Union”.
However, they will also come with a burgundy marker pen and feature instructions printed above the words “European Union” saying “Delete as appropriate”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We think this is the best option as no one has any idea when the leaving date may be
“We are also giving each customer a bottle of blue dye so they can stain their passports blue if they prefer the original UK passport colour.
“While the absence or inclusion of “European Union” does not affect the validity of the passport, users should be aware that striking them out may result in stricter search procedures when entering an EU country.
“In addition, dying it blue may result in a strip search in countries such as Luxembourg because that’s where Mr Juncker is from, but also in France simply because they enjoy it.”
Mr and Mrs Duggan-Smith from Warrington received their new DIY passports yesterday. “We’ll definitely be crossing out the “EU” part,” said Mr Duggan-Smith. “But we won’t be dying it blue as we intend travelling to France.”
Mrs Duggan-Smith added: “I’m so disappointed because I really wanted a blue one but I don’t fancy them lot fiddling about down there. You know.”
The Home office spokesperson said: “Given the uncertain date of departure, we think this is the best way forward and will suit both Brexiteers and Remainers.
“Of course, with so many people applying for Irish passports, demand for UK passports has dropped dramatically.
“Just wait for Scottish independence!”
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