PHOTO: Will the UK change the color of its passport post-Brexit? (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
UK passports are currently burgundy. They switched from burgundy to blue when the UK joined the EU. In a recent article, the Examiner wondered if the UK would switch back to blue as a result of Brexit and wrote about the various meanings behind the colors of passports.
“The shade of each national passport is derived from four main colors: red, green, blue or black, according to Hrant Boghossian, the vice president of Arton Group, which runs the interactive passport database Passport Index,” notes the Examiner.
Most of the EU passports are burgundy and countries who want to join the EU have switched the color of the passports to burgundy, with a few exceptions such as Croatia.
Other countries have taken a bolder approach.
“The Swiss passport is bright red with a white cross on it, just like the country’s flag,” says the Examiner.
A few countries even have black books.
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“Only 10 countries have black passports, including New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago,” says the Examiner.
Will the UK be changing its passport?
Home Office minister Robert Goodwill tells the Examiner: “There are no immediate plans for changes to the format or color of the UK passport.”
For more on the meanings behind passport colors, read on here.