Boris Johnson unveils new blue passport

Boris Johnson unveils new blue passport as Britain reverts back to the colour of its original document post-Brexit PM pictured holding a blue passport on a flight to Newcastle on day of Brexit  The blue passports will be sent out at the end of March after 30-year hiatus British passports were dark blue from the inception of the old design in 1920 

By Sophie Law For Mailonline

Published: 20:26 GMT, 21 February 2020 | Updated: 20:41 GMT, 21 February 2020

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Boris Johnson has unveiled the long-awaited blue passport which will finally roll out next month after a 30-year hiatus. 

The Prime Minister was pictured holding the new travel document on a flight to Newcastle Airport on the day Britain left the EU, in an image released by Downing Street. 

The blue passports will be sent out at the end of March - but leftover burgundy stock will be used as a priority to get rid of them.

British passports were dark blue from the inception of the old design in 1920, until 1988 when they were changed to burgundy in line with most EU passports.

A return to dark blue was announced two years ago by then Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis, who said people wanted to 'see that things are different' following the vote to leave the European Union.

Boris Johnson has unveiled the long-awaited blue passports which will finally roll out next month after a 30-year hiatus

Boris Johnson has unveiled the long-awaited blue passports which will finally roll out next month after a 30-year hiatus 

Brexiteers championed Mr Lewis's decision to reintroduce blue passports - and they became a symbol of the Leave campaign.

The travel documents were lauded by members of the European

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