Sajid Javid has defended the issuing of British passports without the words European Union on the front cover despite the Brexit delay. The burgundy passports were introduced from March 30, the day after Britain was expected to leave the EU.
The home secretary said the move was “sensible and efficient” because some passport centres had run out of the previous design.
The UK government started issuing British passports without the words “European Union” from March 30 even though the UK still remains a full member of the bloc. It removed the two words from passport covers issued this week on the working assumption that Brexit day would have been 29 March.
The move angered those applying for new passports who were hoping to hold on to an emblem of EU membership.
Susan Hindle Barone, who was one of the first to receive the new-look passports, said: “I was shocked because we haven’t left the EU yet. I assumed we would get the same old passport. It’s not so much about that but it’s the first tangible sign of us leaving the EU.”