Insiders say two out of three of the shortlisted firms are French and German – and just one is British
BRITAIN’S new blue post-Brexit passports could be made by a EUROPEAN country, it has been revealed.
Insiders say two out of three of the shortlisted firms are French and German – and just one is British.
The Sunday Times reported that the £490m contract to design our passports when we leave is up for grabs at the moment.
British private security company De La Rue is just one of the three in the running to produce up to six million of the new documents every year.
The Sun revealed earlier this year that Britain’s famous blue passports are set to make a return and the burgundy design will be ditched.
The old style was phased out from 1988 but now could make a stunning return.
Labour MPs and Tories are behind the move.
The Home Office is expected to announce the winner of the contract later this year.
Leading Tory Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen said value for money was important but said it would be “ludicrous” if they were made in the EU after we quit the bloc.
He said: “It is crazy to think they could be made in Europe but ironically because we are in the EU these contracts need to go out for open tender.
“When we leave the EU we will be able to decide and give contracts to British companies and workers if we see fit.”