The campaign to have Britain’s post-Brexit blue passports made in the UK received a boost last night after the deadline for challenging the decision to make them abroad was extended.
As the number of people backing the Daily Mail’s campaign stormed through the quarter of a million mark, the Home Office has extended the original deadline of tomorrow for another two weeks.
It gives De La Rue – the British firm which makes the current burgundy passports, and which has a factory in Gateshead where up to 200 jobs are at risk – more time to challenge the tender decision and prepare for a possible High Court showdown.
Signatures for the Daily Mail's petition to have post-Brexit passports made in the UK passed 250,000. Now the Home Office has extended its deadline for challenging the decision for another two weeksiPhone transfer software
Since it was revealed 11 days ago that the Home Office’s preferred bidder for the £490 million contract is Franco- Dutch firm Gemalto, more than 250,000 people have signed the Mail’s petition demanding a U-turn.
Labour MP John Spellar said: ‘We should not even be at this stage – we should behave like every other major country and put British workers and British industry first.
Labour MP John Spellar (right) said passports should be made in UK to put British workers and industry first
‘But this is welcome news. It puts energy behind the campaign and it shows the Government, because of the campaigns by the Mail, the Mirror and Unite, the concern about this across the country and across the political spectrum. We need to make clear that people want the Government to back British industry and British workers.
‘We must not forget the main issue, which is that no other big country behaves like this. The US, the big countries of the EU, all put their own industries first. Only the British Civil