We do not have to leave the EU to have blue passports anyway and now we learn that the passports will be printed by a foreign company. It’s all about free trade, but in France, as a foreign-based firm, current British passport producer the British firm De La Rue would be barred from bidding to produce the French passport for national security reasons. The winning bid firm Gemalto apparently has a factory in Fareham, so will these new passports be made there? De La Rue makes the current red passports at the firm’s Gateshead factory but appears to have lost out on the contract for the new blue passports which the PM has described as “an expression of our independence and sovereignty – symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation”. Rather ironic then if the new blue passports will be made in France!