What would happen to our passports if we leave the EU after the referendum?

Posted on - 23rd June, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News

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Passports are the one thing you don’t want to lose before you head off on your holidays (although we recommend keeping tabs on your sun cream and shades too).

They’re expensive and they can take weeks to arrive unless you decide to pay even more.

Our current passports say European Union across the top with many worried about what will happen if we leave the EU in terms of having to replace them.

Similarly, others are excited about the potential of shedding the burgundy passport in favour of a navy blue one that they feel better represents Britain.

Our passports are currently issued by the UK government and share a format with the other 27 EU member states.

All countries issue documents with the trademark burgundy cover, the words European Union, the name of the country and its coat of arms and the biometric passport symbol at the bottom.

The Passport Office and the Home Office are unable to comment on what will happen to passports in the event of Britain leaving the EU.

However, the most likely solution is that current passports will be valid up until their date of expiration.

Then, new passports issued will have the EU branding removed.

The key thing is that no member state has ever left the EU so there’s no precedent in place for what would happen if we voted Brexit.

It’s likely that any changes would not be immediate as Britain immediately enters negotiations for what is expected to be a minimum of two years.

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