Non-EU British Passport
It has always been the plan to introduce a burgundy British passport that does not include the words ‘European Union’ on the front cover from the 30th March 2019. This was communicated to the public last year. Although, the date that the UK will leave the EU has been extended, there is no legal reason to not remove the discretionary European Union branding from British passports while the UK remains a Member State of the EU. Neither will there be a difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not include the words European Union. Both designs are equally valid for travel.
To use up passport stock and achieve best value to the taxpayer, British passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period. From the earlier of the date the UK leaves the European Union or when current stocks of passport booklets are exhausted, all new UK passports will not have the words European Union on the front cover.
During this transition, the Isle of Man Passport Office has managed the processing and approvals of Isle of Man variant British passports to minimise the risk of a group getting mixture of EU and non-EU branded Isle of Man variant British passports. All applications approved from 05 April 2019 for Isle of Man variant British passports will receive a burgundy British passport that does not include the words ‘European Union’ on the front cover.