The Home Secretary Priti Patel has said that the British passport will “once again be entwined with our national identity”.
From next month British passports will return to blue following the UK’s exit from the EU.
The first of the new-style passports – described by the government as a return to an “iconic” design – will be issued and delivered in early March, the Home Office has announced.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Leaving the EU gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world.
“By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one.”
It is hoped that the introduction of the blue passports will be phased in and from mid-2020 all new passports will be replacing their burgundy predecessors.
Former prime minister Theresa May announced the return to blue passports in December 2017, hailing it as “an expression of our independence and sovereignty” as she planned the UK’s departure from the EU.
Franco-Dutch firm has been awarded a £260, contract to produce the new passports and will replace the current British manufacture of the passports.
The new passports will be packed with the “most technologically advanced features” which will increase security.
This includes apolycarbonate data page containing technologies embedded into the document to keep personal data secure.
The new passports will also be made using the “latest and most secure printing and design techniques” to ensure they will be “even harder to forge”, the Home Office said.
All British passports will continue to be personalised with the holder’s personal details and photograph in the United Kingdom, ensuring no personal data leaves the country.
Standard passports will continue to contain 34 pages. Frequent traveller ‘Jumbo’ passports will now contain 54 pages.
Those with valid, burgundy passports can continue to use their passport for travel until it expires.