Martin Belam

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Could Brexit have been averted if David Cameron had returned from Brussels last year with a promise to phase out burgundy passports?Like many British traditions that people passionately yearn for, you might be surprised to learn that blue passports weren’t actually part of our national life for all that long. The crown has been issuing travel documents since at least the 1400s, sometimes in French, sometimes in Latin, sometimes having to be personally signed by the monarch, but nearly always they were issued as a single sheet of paper. The blue booklet passport was not introduced until 1920, and it was only issued for 68 years. We’ve had the burgundy version for 29 years – about a third of the time the UK has been issuing passports in book form. Around 24 million people in the UK under the age of 29 have never held a blue British passport.feedback
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Apr 03 2017 Brexit
Martin Belam has most recently been quoted in an article called Don’t underestimate how much Britons care about blue passports. Martin Belam said, “Could Brexit have been averted if David Cameron had returned from Brussels last year with a promise to phase out burgundy passports?Like many British traditions that people passionately yearn for, you might be surprised to learn that blue passports weren’t actually part of our national life for all that long. The crown has been issuing travel documents since at least the 1400s, sometimes in French, sometimes in Latin, sometimes having to be personally signed by the monarch, but nearly always they were issued as a single sheet of paper. The blue booklet passport was not introduced until 1920, and it was only issued for 68 years. We’ve had the burgundy version for 29 years – about a third of the time the UK has been issuing passports in book form. Around 24 million people in the UK under the age of 29 have never held a blue British passport.”.
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