As a determined LEAVE voter, I am looking forward to getting our country back on 29 March 2019. It can’t come soon enough.
I am therefore delighted to learn that we are to get our own passports back at least looking something like the old dark blue ones of which a replica appears above. It is in fact a replica used as a cover for the nasty red EU passport I found myself with from 27 September 2001 when my old British one expired. However, this EU one has also expired after 27 September 2011 and I did not bother to apply for another one. There are two reasons for this:
- I wanted to wait for a real British one again and
- I have no wish to fly anywhere given the appalling way in which air passengers are treated.
You may have noticed that I had blotted out the reference to the European Union on the first page of the expired passport. I never voted to be part of a super state and I am glad we are leaving what is clearly intended to grow into ever closer union.
While blogging, I hope the government will also be retrieving our driving licences? I had a lovely and rather battered old paper one until I celebrated my 70th birthday last July and had to apply for a new driving licence. It came in the form of a little plastic card complete with photograph and unintelligible hieroglyphics and, to my complete horror, bore the dreaded 15 EU stars on the top left-hand corner. It took only a couple of minutes to print off a small Union Jack and to paste it over this symbol of oppression but I hope my next enforced renewal in 2019 will bring one without the EU symbol.