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Blue or Burgundy passports?

It has just been announced by a Home Office Minister that the old blue passports for UK residents could be reintroduced and the current burgundy ones in use since 1998 be scrapped.

The immigration minister, Robert Goodwill confirmed that the Home Office was considering making the potential change after the UK leaves the EU with Brexit.He made the statement in response to a question from MP Julien Knight who has said

” The blue passport is a symbol of our independence as a strong, proud nation”

Five million passports are issued annually and they are going to be redesigned anyway to stop fraud. The process of making them blue again would not cost any extra.

What are your views? Is bringing back blue passports nostalgia gone mad? Or would you you like to see them return? Do you like your burgundy passport or would you rather see something completely different?

1138 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Bring back the old blue one I prefer the burgundy one

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Nicola J
27th Aug 2017
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I am not really bothered what colour as long as I am given the same amount of protection that my old passport does.
gerryburne
13th Feb 2017
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Lucky me, I am a British Subject but also an Irish Citizen. So, a few years back I started to have difficulties with my British EU Passport. Firstly, I was almost refused boarding on a flight to the USA and then I was refused boarding altogether on a flight to Bulgaria to take grandchildren on a skiing holiday. The solution - I applied for an Irish Passport which is a burgundy EU Passport and is provided at no charge for the over 60's. And now with Brexit coming on things will only get better! I can live in England but continue to travel as an EU Citizen. So there.
winky
13th Jan 2017
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I am not concerned about the colours of our passport but what i would dearly wish to happen with them is there to be added a biometric identification this system would be of great national importance, it would at astroke do away with cheating people wanting to come into our country. I would not imagine you would be able to use at all times that is were the hot topic of Identity Cards would have to come in ( cant wait for it to happen) so there are my views .
BLUE OR BERGUNDY GO ON THEN

BLUE.
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Good news return of our identity.
Mollflanders
12th Nov 2016
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Is this just another way of making money I wonder? How much are the Government going to charge for changing to blue? Leave it alone. We know who we are.
Yodama
2nd Nov 2016
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My old blue hard cover passport with the little window was tough. It survived a good sucking by my teething baby, don't know how the new paper one would survive,
Bring back the old ones, but gradually, mine is valid for ten years.
I won't hold my breath.
Riversiderouge
29th Oct 2016
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Does it really matter? I say it should stay as it is, because any change would mean more cost, and guess who will be paying?
JohnHerb
9th Nov 2016
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Barton babe
28th Oct 2016
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What difference does it make what colour the passport is? you don't sat looking at it all day do you? As long as it has all the correct info in it, that's what matters.
Wilf
29th Oct 2016
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I guess its nostalgia for the old navy blue ones for a lot of us
contrarycat
19th Oct 2016
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Omg I have just renewed my passport. I will have to wait 10 years to a blue passport!!!
kman35
15th Oct 2016
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Does it really matter what colour they are as long as they get us through the airport. Besides, if they change them all they will just use it as an excuse to increase the price.
janmac
30th Sep 2016
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Seeing as they are going to be redesigned anyway why not have our blue passport back again.As the old red ones go out of date we can have the blue one back.
Res
21st Sep 2016
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Surely the colour of a passport is inconsequential given all the other more critical issues arising from brexit. Change ......waste of time, energy and money.....in my opinion that is.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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There is nothing wrong with the Red Passport and the cost would be better spent on repaying the billions loaned to China.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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I don't think we should change just for a whim ......we need all the money we can get to repay the Loan to China .
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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I already said I prefer the Red One.. Should all this money be spent when we need every penny we can get.???
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
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I think a black one but keep it the same size as the current one, and replace them only when expired the cost should be the same then.
modgirl
18th Sep 2016
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total waste of money ....the country is in a bad enough state without adding "what colour of passport" we should have. In Ireland you can apply for a card passport very like your driving license.
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
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I renewed my Passport last year so would not want to have to purchase a new one and would prefer the money used for this change to be better used to stop the migrants getting in . When
Theresa May was Home Secretary , Border Agency "lost" 3,600
immigrants they let leave the Airport while checking their visas etc.
The 3,600 have disappeared into the ether. I would prefer the money to be spent on securing our Borders .
Roof Top Crow
19th Sep 2016
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The only reference I can find to 3600 was in the Daily Mail (Ho hum more fantasy then) about 4 years ago when just over 3600 blank passports went missing from an RAF truck.
I have always travelled a lot and passed through our UK airports many times. It is just not possible to leave a UK airport whilst the Border Agency are checking people's visa and passport.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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Hi kennethkdj, I see a complete breakdown of the EU . now that
America has been castigated for getting involved and been punished by having their own bombing , I think the US of A will
keep out of the Middle East.

Aid convoy to Alleppo was attacked and the cease fire for the enth time has been cancelled.

What is it going to take to bring Law and Order to the Middle East.???
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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This "War" is like nothing we have known before and History will tell us that it was the US and Britain who started all this by invading
Libya. Now that America has been "breached", the USA will be reluctant to getting involved in the Middle East any more . The UN
is not going to get involved so Putin will be the only one to defend a Country like Syria which is decimated.....what is he going to get out of all this???
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
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That did happen Roof Top Crow , I can't remember what Paper , but the 3,600 had been allowed to leave while their details were being checked and they were never found. Probably the guy who nicked the 3,600 Passports was a staff Member and was going to to
do Business with runaways. I thought Border Agency, should have been sacked , but they weren't just think how much more competent a returning Soldier from the Middle East would have been . I noted that the illegal young lads in trying to get into Britain via Container
Lorries in Caais were well dressed, with mobile phones , trainers and jackets , no Parents in sight , were trainee ISIS recruits. Not only were U>K. Insurance Companies paying for the Container damage , but also the Contents. The irony is that Britain is to pay for the Wall !!!!
kennethkdj
17th Sep 2016
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Interesting comments on Europe, both for and against, I have to say that it seems to me that the whole E.U is on borrowed time, with the only beneficiaries being the Eastern European countries, they are poor in comparison and it will be only a matter of time before they need to be bailed out at huge expense to others. Germany, France, and formerly the United Kingdom, cannot possibly afford this. .
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
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Hi kennethkdj, I couldn't agree more and starting to have misgivings about Theresa May , she is no Maggie Thatcher when it comes to fighting our corner and yet again is trying to stall on a date, to the annoyance of Juncker et al .

P.S. I wonder if we will get back the 1 million Euros Cameron and
Osborne "loaned" to the EU Bank a few months ago. Osborne at the time said the loan was "ringfenced"...whatever that means.
Roof Top Crow
18th Sep 2016
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Romania is the2nd fastest growing country within EU membership with Poland not far behind. Slovakia, Latvia, and Lithuania are also doing very well. So can you let us know which Eastern European countries you think will need help?
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
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One reason for these countries new found prosperity is that they take out more from the EU than they put in ,plus all the money their citizens working over here send home to their families ,including child allowances .
Roof Top Crow
18th Sep 2016
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The economic or should I say the capitalist reason for making poor countries economically stronger is that at a certain point they become wealthy enough to begin importing goods and services and right from the start the capitalist countries have a new source of cheap labour.*
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We have reached the point where some of the old USSR countries such as Romania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania etc are importing goods and services from the UK and other EU countries and we still have a source of low-cost labour.
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*The classic example is the German economic relationship with Turkey. Following an agreement in 1961 hundreds of thousands of Turkish guest workers or “Gastarbeiter” went to Germany and worked in the factories and on the land. This influx of workers created the so-called German economic miracle.
Gayle Pattie
17th Sep 2016
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I do not care in fact I soon got used to the European one and have enjoyed being European. Yes a cheaper passport would be great, I have mine until 2020 so I can continue to being European. Really we are all citizens of the world.
pcooper563
17th Sep 2016
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I would be happy with any colour if the cost of renewing was significantly reduced. I'm not sure why we need a hard copy passport given all our details and images are stored digitally. Passport checks at airports are cursory so have very little value
Abu
17th Sep 2016
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I would be happy to change the colour from Burgundy, but keep the rest of the present format as it is easy to use in both size and layout.
alan1572
16th Sep 2016
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I don't mind what colour the passport is. The important thing to me is that I am entitled to a UK passport.
jentie51
16th Sep 2016
5
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I voted for the burgundy one because I don't really care what colour my passport is & can't see that it matters one iota.
Pam1960
16th Sep 2016
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As long as I don't have to pay for a new one until the current one expires I don't mind about the colour. Maybe we could have a Union Jack cover but we would probably have to change it again when Scotland are independent
Patricia48
16th Sep 2016
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Don't forget the Welsh - I would love a dragon on the front of my passport!
Abu
17th Sep 2016
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Not all of us in Scotland are silly enough to wish for independence.......
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
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Nah Patricia48......You would probably get a lot of jibes from Border Control suggesting it's a good likeness to you LOL

I I am also Welsh BTW
Patricia48
18th Sep 2016
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Probably - I get more like a fire breathing dragon everyday - look out world!
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
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WOW.....If your plan is to take over the World and abolish Governments , I think you could get a few Helpers here to set it up.
JinxB
16th Sep 2016
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What next, back to the paper driving license, nostalgia is good but you cannot go back to yesterday, time passes things change, what difference does it make what color your passport is, it is a document for travel not an artistic statement, people will be wanting cheque books and white £5 notes next.
Jakki
17th Sep 2016
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I still have a cheque book. The white £5 might be going a bit too far though!
Pwilly
16th Sep 2016
2
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Blue! So much more distinctive than other countries passports.
Robcar
30th Sep 2016
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US Passports are blue....
blueyes7
16th Sep 2016
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Yes I think we should go back to our blue passports.
nipper 6
16th Sep 2016
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It's nothing to do with the colour, the old blue one represents my country, and I'm proud to be British.
Roof Top Crow
16th Sep 2016
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The discussion about the colour of passports only interests the 17 million people who voted for the UK to withdraw from membership of the EU. If a blue passport is introduced it will represent that 65 million UK citizens have had to wave goodbye to being the 5th strongest economy in the world, wave goodbye to cooperation in science, technology, educational standards and mutual security with the 445 million people who are our of our closest neighbours and of course we will have waved goodbye to the UK being the centre of world economic transactions.
nipper 6
16th Sep 2016
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I'm not sure where you've got your figs from, 17 million voted to leave and the remainers had a million less votes. How can you speak for all the other people who didn't vote. It's about time people in this country stopped running the country into the ground, and stat to take a more posative step with our future, and the country.
I can not understand why we want to be ruled by basically a country that we defeated 60 years ago. We managed very well without Europe interference for many years after the war.,people need to start believeing in themselves. It's a big world out there and we can trade with many other countries and still be a very strong independent country, making our own rules.
When I signed up to Europe, we were coned by the conservative government, of which I've been a member all my life. I'm not sure about my future voting, into a trading arrangement which would benefit our country. I certainly did not join to be dictated to by a bunch of overpaid under worked burocrats, who are only there for one reason only, to make themselves richer. How come they are not accountable, and why have there accounts never been audited. You don't have to be a genious to work that one out.
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
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Welcome home Roof Top. It's reassuring to know you're still in the land of the living!

I must say, your's is an interesting position when viewed in the light of Herr Junker's statement to the Bratislava meetings today. He has declared, all EU nations will be federalised within nine months. He goes further.

I won't go into excessive detail, you'll read it all somewhere, but I am concerned about the proposed creation of European battle groups to carry out military intervention in crises. Maybe because of the lack of detail available, one assumes these battle groups are to intervene in Crimea and elsewhere outside the catchment area. But that may not be the case. An earlier attempt at federalising Europe created a military force to suppress opposition from within.

Roof Top, do you recall Mr. Cameron after his 'thin gruel' negotiations with Europe back in March declaring: 'No Ever Closer Union, No European Army.'

And you said, if memory serves well, on the Referendum thread, the Leave campaign were pushing lies!

Come on Roof Top, come back at me!
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
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I cannot see a European Army working with multiple languages. Germans, French, Italians???
the reason the Brits and Americans work so well together as partners in the military is we speak the same language and have similar traditions. It works! A European army would be a shambles in my humble opinion
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
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You're quick off the mark Wilf!!

I entirely agree with you. But perhaps European military integration is further away still. There is a marked lack of commonality across European militaries.

The Czechs and Poles have replaced their Russian-made weapons with American hardware. The French, as far as is possible, manufacture their own warships which are not compatible with anyone else's hardware. With the exception of the Foreign Legion their entire military looks toward protecting France. They're just not trained for anything else.

The Germans re-arming worries me. I'll leave that point there, unless you wish to open a discussion.

The Italians, Belgians and French have a habit of surrendering or deserting. There's more, but none of it points toward a high degree of trust between allied nations.

I doubt the Euro-military would stand much of a chance in open warfare, not the least for the reasons you gave. But as a militia charged with suppressing civil unrest, it could be painfully effective.
Roof Top Crow
16th Sep 2016
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The words European battle groups create more than a little chill across my keyboard.
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There are only two military forces of any significance within EU membership, the UK, and France. And the UK has now voted to pull back from cooperation with the other 27 member countries leaving France to take the strain.
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At the very time when military experience and strength is vital for the continuing security of the whole of Europe, the UK has voted to pull back from cooperation with the other countries in Europe.
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There are ongoing threats to Europe from Russia, massive instability in the middle east and Africa and the UK has now voted to not cooperate with our European neighbours.
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Or have I misunderstood the situation.?
JinxB
16th Sep 2016
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If we had stayed in we could have fought these proposals from a position of strength but now we will have no say in what goes on, we will just be spectators, there is plenty of opposition to federalization but it is weaker now we have left. Do you think Britain will be best served now we have left for all intents and purposes, we have to hope we can negotiate a reasonable deal but we have very little world power and nothing to offer the rest of the world because like it or not Britain is no longer Great and has very little clout on the world stage.
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
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Jinx I take your point, but cannot agree. If we were so powerfully placed in the EU how is it Cameron couldn't negotiate a better deal for us in March? Yet the prospect of us exiting the EU has thrown them into confusion. Indeed, even Deutchebank is more depressed than usual.

The European press since our referendum has reported anti EU groups and parties taking great heart. A personal count, taken at the beginning of this week, shows nineteen European nations with a near majority wanting out! For whatever reason they want out, and we led the way.

Paraphrasing, you asked if I think we will be best served by leaving the EU? OH YES I DO! It's the best thing to have happened to this nation since Cromwell addressed the Long Parliament in 1653 (?).
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
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Oh dear, are your opinions from the New Statesman or the Economist? I care not to be rude here but I've read this sort of nonsense in these journals.

There's one military force in the entirety of Europe which is worth their salt. The British military. They're the very best! The French, as said elsewhere on this thread, are trained only to defend France, and a pitiful job they made of that seventy years ago. And here I might add, also in the early sixties with the Franco-Algerian terrorist war. The OAs made mincemeat of all but the Legion Etrangere.

Co-operate with European military, well we did some years ago. The Belgians downed arms, the French ran and the Dutch went underground. Encouraging, isn't it?

As for the Germans re-arming, well, it is going to be a disaster for the rest of Europe and again we will bail them out! History does repeat itself, it's like an helix.

Now, Roof Top, what about Cameron's lies? Come on, an answer is due us.
MorrisandDoris
16th Sep 2016
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Welcome back Mr Crow I thought you had flown and are now living in Luxembourg home of the crackpot Herr Junker ?

Well lets get back to it then, Remainers Lost Leavers won, so to carry on with a discussion of a proposed EU army if we were still members of the EU that is,never would work only the French are any good so what about the rest then, Greece can't afford an army Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the rest, they are all useless and most of them are not trustworthy.
So lets make friends with the Russians then, I like Putin and he needs some friends like we do!
Roof Top Crow
17th Sep 2016
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We are still full members of the EU and we will be for at least the next 26 months. However, the way 17 million people voted means that much of the future and well-being of the UK is going to be being decided by the other 27 countries in EU membership. These 27 countries will hold meetings to decide our future and the UK will not be represented. The first meeting was held over the past two days ago, we were not invited.
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A reference to a war that ended more than 70 years ago is helpful when it brings to mind Winston Churchill. Churchill believed that to avoid future conflict in Europe we should cooperate at all levels with our neighboring countries. 70 years later we have voted to ignore that advice.
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It is often said that we can easily replace the level of manufacturing trade we will lose when we leave the EU by trading with the rest of the world, that is not true. Because of our high manufacturing costs, the UK is no a longer a manufacturing country of any significance. The majority of our exports come from the service industries such as banking, finance, tourism, and education and these sectors are very dependent on our EU membership for business. Plus of course, the IT industry where the UK is a world leader. The IT industry is growing very quickly and is not restricted by political borders and tariffs but the downside is that it employs relatively few people.
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I would not like to comment on the work level of EU employees I would guess that they work as hard as our own civil servants. The EU accounts get signed off every year. The year ending September 2015 was published in April 2016. It is worth noting that the error factor in the published accounts primarily reflects the fraudulent claims that are made by the farming industry in all 28 member countries.
Roof Top Crow
17th Sep 2016
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Can I assume that as well as reading the Economist and the New Statesman you also read The Guardian
Lionel
17th Sep 2016
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No, you may not assume I read the Guardian. Really, do you think I'm so soft in the head?
kennethkdj
17th Sep 2016
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We have not been in a position of power and influence in the E.U for some considerable time. We were deferred to because of our financial largesse and strategic geographical position, but our bargaining power was never looked at in the same terms as Germany or France.
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
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We will always be there when the fighting starts like the Americans are but the rest of Europe forget them they surrender like in the 1940s so don't think we have no clout compared with Europe we will always punch above our weight!
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
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Yes you have misunderstood the situation again Start looking at the bigger picture Europe is in decline ,Russia will take back Eastern Europe ,China will take Asia,The rest of Europe will become the new Middle East but without the oil ,America will take South America and maybe even Canada .
The UK ,well possibly we could align with Russia that would make sense for many reasons .
Roof Top Crow
19th Sep 2016
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That is so unrealistic from a military or financial perspective I will pass this to someone else to respond.
Baxi
16th Sep 2016
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It's a priviledge to have a British passport, whatever the colour.
leoden
16th Sep 2016
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I remember the old blue passports and they always looked grubby. But the burgundy ones do not seem to show the marks, which is the only reason I prefer it.
derekbandyorg
16th Sep 2016
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There are many things more important than this.
JohnHerb
9th Nov 2016
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Not really if you travel quite a bit!
jeane
16th Sep 2016
7
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Definitely a return to BLUE, they should never have been changed.
grammamia
16th Sep 2016
4
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I would like the old one back, getting rid of the EU logo. Ideally I would like a Scottish one but this will have to wait a couple of years.
Barbara24
16th Sep 2016
6
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I loved my old blue passport, I was proud to show it. The maroon ones are floppy and lack character.
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
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The only good think about the new ones is you can fold them into your pocket. The older larger ones were more difficult to carry
Annabella47
16th Sep 2016
5
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Please, please, please bring back the blue passport. So distinctive and with our Sovereignty very visible on the front, makes you even more proud to belong to Great Britain.
GrannyJack
16th Sep 2016
6
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I'd pay extra to get a proper British Passport
MaureenE
16th Sep 2016
4
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As passports are renewed they can be changed then
AvrilD
16th Sep 2016
2
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A passport is a passport doesn't matter what colour, we are going to have to change anyway when we leave the EU, will we still have the "e"to let you go through the (supposedly) fast gates or are we going to have to queue through (any other passport) queue?
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
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Total waste of time and money. Keep it as it is. The government has not even told us details yet about Brexit and now they are pontificating on the colour of our passports. Who on earth is running this once great country? I bet Nelson, Victoria or Churchill would have got a grip if they were in charge!
JR73
16th Sep 2016
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Had one of the three been running this country we would not have been in the EU !
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
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Well when they were around we were managing 25% of the world anyway
JR73
16th Sep 2016
2
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chrissiek
16th Sep 2016
3
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Blue definitely I actually have mine in a blue cover
Jo Kingham
16th Sep 2016
5
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Blue with UK stamped all over it!
ColetteR
16th Sep 2016
2
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They will only change the colour when your passport expires. You won't receive a new passport until that time. That's how I have understood it.
[email protected]
16th Sep 2016
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Leave them as they are it will probably cost us more money to replace them
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
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Yes I agree what a total waste of money. If its only a few £ million to do it put it in the NHS-who cares about the colour of passports???
PamelaMag
16th Sep 2016
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I never was an EU citizen. Voted against it every time because I knew it wouldn't work! Corrupt politicians ruin everything.
bobmcl1skycom
16th Sep 2016
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Mine was Blue when i served HM the Queen in The Forces cause we are the UK
bazzer1947
16th Sep 2016
2
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Just renewed our passports and got the burgundy one for another ten years so why change because of brexit means millions of people who are in the same position , they can't cope with the applications they get now so how are they going to manage renewing everyone's .
EddGall
16th Sep 2016
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It's daft I have just renewed mine
[email protected]
16th Sep 2016
4
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Does the colour matter ? NO THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE ABLE TO GO WHERE EVEN WE WISH TO.
MrsPat
15th Sep 2016
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Have we really got to change back to Blue passports? How bonkers is that. Whats wrong with the current ones and what a total waste of money
patrj
15th Sep 2016
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I quite agree part of moving on doesnt mean looking backwards.
Munsterlander
16th Sep 2016
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I agree as well and why a blue passport? Why not green or pink? We cannot keep looking back at nostalgia. Its comforting for many people but we must look forward to progress
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
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Munsterlander, it is not necessarily people being hog-tied by nostalgia. It seems to me there is an upsurge in patriotism, which is a good thing whereas nationalism is not.

Surely, restoring our blue passport with United Kingdom stamped on it is but one step to recovering a sense of our national identity. There will, doubtless, be many more.
JohnHerb
15th Sep 2016
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I did like the old blue ones and still have two of them with the corners cut out.. from when I used to travel a lot in Europe. Its funny to see all the old European passport stamps..none of that now of course. the problem with the blue ones was they weer ridged. I like the burgundy ones as they can fold in your pocket. Bring back the blue ones BUT make them smaller and flexible like the burgundy ones. Whole thing is a waste of time as in about 20 years will probably not be passports but something like iris recognition. It has to come. The time I have spent wasted in passport queues is ridiculous. The most stupid is coming back to blighty and seeing a 30 or 40 minute queue for passports! What to get back into my own country? Its madness

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contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!