UK to turn passports blue after Tory MP complains ‘pink’ is ‘humiliating’

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

A Tory MP who claimed the UK had been “humiliated” by the adoption of “pink” passports is thrilled that the country is turning them blue.

Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, some nationalist campaigners have been urging the government to “restore” the country’s blue passports, which were phased out in 1988 in favour of the EU standard colour of burgundy.

The government confirmed today that it would be redesigning the passports after Brexit to return them to the blue colour, last used nearly 30 years ago.

People will be able to replace their existing passports early to get the new colour, after demands from Tory MPs and the right-wing press.

The news come soon enough for Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who claims the country has been “humiliated” by having a “pink” passport.

Mr Rosindell said the decision to change the colour is “a great Christmas present for those who care about our national identity”.

He added: “The fanatical Remainers hate it, but the restoration of our own British passport is a powerful symbol that Britain in Back!”

The MP told Press Association previously: “Our British identity was slowly but surely being submerged into an artificial European one that most Brits felt increasingly unhappy about.

“The humiliation of having a pink European Union passport will now soon be over and the United Kingdom nationals can once again feel pride and self-confidence in their own nationality when travelling, just as the Swiss and Americans can do.

“National identity matters and there is no better way of demonstrating this today than by bringing back this much-loved national symbol.”

Naturally, the internet seized upon two parts of his claims – that the dark burgundy colour of passports is somehow “pink”, and that having a “pink” passport is in some way humiliating for such a masculine figure.
UK to turn passports blue after Tory MP complains ‘pink’ is ‘humiliating’
What a pink passport would actually look like

Mr Rosindell’s natural masculine aversion to pink may go some way to explaining his stances on LGBT rights, having voted against same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, same-sex adoption, the Equality Act and repealing Section 28.

Meanwhile, Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage is such a man’s man that he was recently seen campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore – who believes that gay people should be jailed.

The former investment banker jetted out to the US to stump for Moore.

He appeared alongside Moore at a rally, days after the candidate told a crowd that he wanted to stamp out the “sodomy and sexual perversion sweeping our land”.

Farage gave his enthusiastic backing to Moore.

He said: “I have absolutely no hesitation in putting my support and my backing behind a man like judge Roy Moore, who has shown in his career that he will always put principle before his own career advancement.”

The comment appeared to be a reference to Moore’s dismissal from the Alabama Supreme Court for an illegal crusade against same-sex weddings.

Moore formerly served as Alabama’s Chief Justice, but was ejected from the role after flagrantly abusing his authority in a bid to block gay weddings in the state.

The disgraced justice had issued a string of orders declaring the US Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage “doesn’t apply” in Alabama due to state anti-gay laws, and ordered probate judges to enforce a gay marriage ban.

At the same rally, Farage branded left-wingers “unpleasant”.

He said: “There are others on the left who are turning increasingly away from democratic process and towards violent, unpleasant, nasty protest.

“We see some on the left who now even want to rewrite history, tear down statues and pretend we are different people to who we are.”

Polling commissioned by PinkNews earlier this year showed that six in 10 Brexit voters believe sex between two men is not natural.

Of those who expressed an opinion, 59 per cent of Brexit supporters believe gay sex is unnatural, compared to just 25 per cent of Remain voters.

68 per cent of Brexit voters who expressed a view believe children should not be taught about gay relationships in primary school, compared to 29 per cent of Remain voters.