United Kingdom passports issued without 'European Union' label despite Brexit delay

Post-Brexit UK passports are expected to be blue but burgundy ones without the EU label are being issued

Post-Brexit UK passports are expected to be blue but burgundy ones without the EU label are being issued

"If we are forced to remain in we must be the most hard member possible", Rees-Mogg, leader of the ERG, a eurosceptic group in the governing Conservative Party, told Sky News on Sunday.

The UK government has started issuing British passports without the words "European Union" even though the UK remains a full member of the bloc.

Alarmed and "furious" Twitter user Susan Hindle Barone shared a photo of her new British passport alongside her expiring one to show the key post-Brexit cover change (even though the United Kingdom is not quite yet post-Brexit).

The Home Office said some people may still receive the old version until stocks run out.

In a last-ditch bid to get her deal through parliament, May opened talks with Corbyn last week to try to strike a deal on Britain's future ties with the European Union in exchange for his support for her divorce deal, the Withdrawal Agreement.

"Specifically provided we are leaving the European Union then it is important that we compromise, that's what this is about and it is through gritted teeth", said Andrea Leadsom, the Brexit-supporting Leader of the House of Commons, parliament's lower house.

Brexit has been delayed but it hasn't stopped new versions of British passports being issued.

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By the end of the year, the burgundy passports are scheduled to be replaced with the dark blue design British passports had before the European Union came about. I assumed we would get the same old passport. "There's certainly a whole lot we lose".

Britain is slated to leave the European Union without a withdrawal deal in place on April 12, but British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to once again delay Brexit to avoid a chaotic exit.

His passport, which does not have any references to the European Union on the cover or inside, was printed on 1 April.

The UK government made a decision in 2017 to change the colour of British passports from burgundy red to dark blue.

Not everyone is happy at receiving one of the new passports - one recipient said she was "truly appalled" at the change.

As Britain looks to extend its stay in the European Union, it seems British passports haven't followed the same path. "Both designs will be equally valid for travel".

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Burgundy passports that no longer include the words European Union on the front cover were introduced from 30 March 2019".

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