The British authorities have begun issuing new passports without mentioning the European Union on the cover, although the United Kingdom remains part of the EU. As reported on Friday, April 5, the British newspaper The Guardian, developing the design, the relevant services proceeded from the fact that by March 29 as a result of “Brexit” the UK will leave the European Union.
The first such documents were put into circulation on March 30. Changing their appearance, as noted in the interior Ministry, had to take place in two stages. The first cover was supposed to be red. Towards the end of 2019, the production of the blue series will begin — a similar design was used in the UK about 100 years ago.
As noted in the Ministry, the words “European Union” on passports were printed in accordance with the guidelines of Brussels, but it was not legally binding.
At the transition stage, documents of various formats will be in circulation — with the inscription “European Union” and without it. Independently to give preference to one of options it won’t turn out, note in the Ministry of internal Affairs. The Ministry urged not to worry, noting that “legally both of them are completely legal”.