The new British passports after leaving the EU will be blue. The new colour will be a symbol of Britain regaining its identity after Brexit.
A French-Dutch company called Gemalto won the £260 million contract. Gemalto has its branches in many countries. In Poland the company has 5 factory lines – in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdynia, Poznań and Tczew. The new British passports will be printed in Tczew. The Polish e-passports are made there.
The passports will be one of the most advanced and safe biometric documents in the world. The personal data of the holder will be restored on the electronic microprocessor embedded into the document. On the pages where the passport holder’s details are located, polycarbonate will be used instead of paper.
Home Office paid attention to three main criteria: quality, safety and price. The final decision was the sum of these three aspects. Social media criticises the fact that around 170 skilled printing jobs from the firm De La Rue (which previously printed UK passports) will be lost in the UK due to the decision.