The blue British passport will return

In what may have been intended as a sort of Christmas present for nostalgics and Brexiteers, the Government has announced that the blue British passport will be restored once Brexit has happened.

There are evidently a lot of psychological issues and aspects invested in the colour of one’s passport, and this subject has caused quite a flurry of comment from politicians and others, including letters to The Times.

But we would like to inform our readers of the interesting facts that the blue British passport was first issued in 1921 and that, up until the First World War, passports were not generally compulsory for international travel.

Which of course reminds us of how massively things have changed immigration-wise in the last century or so.

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