Nicola Sturgeon just told Theresa May where she can stick her blue passport

Nicola Sturgeon
Kerry-anne Mendoza

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken to social media to tell Theresa May where she can stick her blue passports.

Small island

As of October 2019, UK passports will return to their traditional blue and gold colour. To The Sun, and many on the right of UK politics, this constitutes some sort of victory.

But others were less enthused. Not least, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Laying out her opinion in the most candid of terms, Sturgeon said:

The open, inclusive, civic, internationalist Scottish independence movement that I’m so proud to be part of could not be further from this insular, inward-looking, blue passport-obsessed nonsense. Never has ‘stop the world, Scotland wants to get on’ felt more relevant.

And it’s important to remember that, while the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, Scotland voted to remain.

A kick in the pants

But Sturgeon and Scotland were not alone in questioning the value of blue passports. The burgundy passports have been in use since 1988. And given the multitude of issues facing UK voters today, the colour of their passport is unlikely to be chief among them.

And in a final ironic twist, Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis is unable to confirm if the new passports will be made in the UK.

So much for taking back control.

Featured image via Flickr Creative Commons/Wikimedia Commons

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