Look Again! UKIP MEP Urges Rethink On Blue Passports
Jonathan Bullock, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, has urged the government to “look again” at contracting the making of the new, post-Brexit, blue British passports to a British firm.
Mr Bullock said:
The new blue passport is one symbol of us voting to leave the EU. It is disappointing they look likely to be made abroad and they should be made in this country for security reasons.
Of course, this also means the loss of business to the current makers of the passports – a British company. I hope the Government will look at this again.
Mr Bullock’s comments follow the news that the petition to call for this change, launched by the Daily Mail, has passed 100k signatures. The Government had decided the passports should be made by a European company. The contract to manufacture the document, which Brexiteers see as an iconic symbol of the UK’s regained independence, is close to being awarded to Gemalto, an Amsterdam based French-Dutch company. However, the decision has come under heavy attack from Brexiteers who want British jobs put first and the contract awarded to a British company. Nigel Farage blamed EU law:
It really isn’t good enough, I have no doubt that’s happened under EU procurement rules – something else we need to sort out.
Whether it is the Government or the EU, we may beg to differ.
You can sign the petition here.