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Back To The Future

PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 4:39 pm
by toucana
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Theresa May has announced that burgundy coloured EU style passports will be phased out, and that the iconic old fashioned dark blue colour British passports will be reintroduced by 2019 as “an expression of our independence and sovereignty away from the EU”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blue-passports-brexit-colour-change-leave-eu-withdrawal-european-union-countries-travel-a8124526.html

Meanwhile in other news:

- The RAF will be re-equipped with 1942 vintage Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.
- The army will reintroduce the Lee Enfield .303 rifle as the standard weapon of the infantry.
- The Royal Navy will build new all new warships with coal-fired triple expansion marine steam engines.
- Red public telephone boxes with Button A and Button B coin slots and no STD dialling wiil be reintroduced.
- The BBC Radio 1/2, Radio 3 and Radio 4 services will be renamed ‘The Light Program’, ‘The Third program’, and ‘The Imperial Home Service’ respectively.

Re: Back To The Future

PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 5:48 pm
by Braininvat
Does passport color generate this much satirical humour in Croatia?

I think it's a bit insane that the change costs a billion dollars (U.S.).

Re: Back To The Future

PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 10:52 pm
by toucana
Needless to say, it doesn't actually cost that much.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/23/theresa-may-aide-says-500-million-blue-passport-cost-claim-fake-news-7182527/

That gem came from a Tweet that went viral after entrepreneur and former TV Dragon’s Den panellist James Caan quoted that figure which is derived from the £490 million contract for supplying passports that normally gets renewed every 11 years or so.

The real joke is that There is no EU regulation stating that passports for people living in a country within the bloc have to be a certain colour. The burgundy colour was simply a recommendation in a non-binding European Council Resolution from 1981

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-blue-passport-theresa-may-guy-verhofstadt-european-parliament-sovereignty-a8126381.html

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator, has said:
“There is no EU legislation dictating passport colour. The UK could have had any passport colour it wanted and stay in the EU.”