Britons will have their national identity “restored” after over 30 years, the Home Office says, under plans to switch back to blue passports after Brexit.

The department confirmed on Friday that a project is under way to switch back to blue from the burgundy introduced in 1988. The move will “symbolise our national identity”, the Home Office said, reflecting concern in some Tory circles that the current colour is a “humiliating” assault on national pride.

Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said:

Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.

That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019.

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