Among the French civil service, there is no debate about “the lowest tender” only absolute conviction that French passports are printed in France.
And this afternoon a chorus of voices in Britain backed the French model – agreeing that passports WERE a matter of national security.
Fury was sparked after it emerged the British passport, which will return to its old dark-blue color after Brexit, will be manufactured abroad AND IMPORTED when the current contract with UK-based De La Rue ends.
U.K. passports made in bloody France. No more to be said. MADNESS https://t.co/9ox15FZ0oh
— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) March 22, 2018
It doesn’t matter what side you are on Brexit, letting the French make our passports is bloody ridiculous.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 22, 2018
Brexiteers argue the snub, in favor of Franco-Dutch Gemalto, is a symbolic disaster, while De La Rue’s chief executive said it also threatened security.