The UK government have confirmed the return of the old blue passport in an official document of 28 technical notices, outlining what a no-deal Brexit could look like.

By the end of 2019, six months after negotiations end on March 29th, passports will print in the original royal blue colour. This will replace the EU-dictated burgundy shade which the country signed up to when joining the Union.

In addition to this change, the government claim British passports post-Brexit will be incredibly secure, with mandatory security features to protect against fraud and identity theft. On the matter, Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis stated, “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.”


The free movement of people between the UK and Ireland will remain, solving the issue of the Northern Irish border. The current designated common travel area, that allows passport-free journeys, will not be removed.

In a no-deal scenario, both British and Irish citizens are “not required to take any action” in protecting their rights associated with the area.