How to protect your business after Brexit
Mandie Sewa | 20.02.2019
04.01.2018 Mandie Sewa
The Government has opted to return to the blue passport first introduced in 1921 once the UK leaves the EU. The new passports will be issued from October next year to those applying for a new British passport. Existing passports will not be affected. So, British passport holders do not need to do anything before their current passport renewal date.
After Brexit the UK passport will not have to conform to EU standards anymore. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage seems to be very pleased about this as he has tweeted ‘In the 2016 referendum, we wanted our passports back. Now we've got them back!’ However many of the recent changes to British passports were driven by the USA and not the EU. The USA demands certain passport features for overseas nations to participate in its visa waiver programme. The programme lets citizens of most developed countries to enter the USA for business or recreation trips of up to 90 days without a visa. The USA, not only demands compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation it also imposes far more stringent photo requirements and biometric features. The only way the UK can escape these requirements after Brexit would be by giving up visa-free travel to the USA!
After Brexit we will have to continue to follow International Civil Aviation Organisation standards, and of course, we will still have to follow any new requirements that the EU decides to impose, to travel to our nearest neighbours.