Is the new post-Brexit passport blue, black, or GREEN?
Home Office video leaves Brits divided over the colour of the new post-Brexit passport – so is it blue, black, or even GREEN?
- Home Office shared video on Twitter on Monday showing new ‘blue’ passport
- Claims the ‘iconic’ colour is returning for the first time in almost 30 years
- Twitter users were divided over the colour, with many claiming it looks black
- Some even suggested it looks green, while one said it was a shade of dark grey
Britons have been left divided over the colour of the new post-Brexit passport, with many questioning its ‘iconic’ blue shade.
Earlier this week the Home Office’s official Twitter account posted a video displaying the new travel document.
It captioned the tweet: ‘Britons will once again be able to travel with a blue passport when the iconic colour returns for the first time in almost 30 years.’
But many were left baffled, claiming the colour of the cover appears to be black, or even green.
Earlier this week the Home Office’s official Twitter account posted a video displaying the new travel document
One tweeted: ‘That’s black though right? Or am I missing a trick?’
Another commented: ‘People. It’s black. Not blue.’
And one adamant Twitter user wrote: ‘The new passport is not blue or black, it is green. Do not engage in rigorous debate with me on this because I literally do not care what you think, you are colour blind.’
Meanwhile one person claimed it’s neither blue, black nor green, writing: ‘I eye-droppered that image. It’s not blue. It’s very dark grey. Stop saying blue (sic).’
Many Twitter users were left baffled, claiming the colour of the cover appears to be black, or even green
Stephen Westland, a professor of colour science and technology at the University of Leeds, told the BBC: ‘I’d say it’s black. If most people looked at this, they’d say it’s black.’
He added that describing colours by names can be imprecise – and pointed out that individuals will have different perspectives.
Professor Westland said if enough blue is added to black, there is a transition point where some people begin to see the colour as blue – but this varies for different people, meaning some will see it as ‘blueish’ black, and others simply black.
A spokesman for the Home Office told the BBC it was close to, if not exactly, a blue numbered as 5395C in the Pantone classification.
Most people who took part in the argument claimed the document looks black, but one said it’s a shade of grey
Boris Johnson unveiled the long-awaited blue passport on February 22.
The Prime Minister was pictured holding the new travel document on a flight to Newcastle Airport on the day Britain left the EU, in an image released by Downing Street.
The blue passports will be sent out at the end of March – but leftover burgundy stock will be used as a priority to get rid of them. The old ones are set to be phased out by the end of this year.
British passports were dark blue from the inception of the old design in 1920, until 1988 when they were changed to burgundy in line with most EU passports.
Home Secretary Priti Patel holding a ‘blue’ passport, which will be issued for the first time in almost three decades from next month
The same Home Office Twitter video unveiling the new document was also mocked online for featuring a youthful-looking woman – whose age is listed as 47.
The fictional woman, called Angela Zoe Smith, is listed as having a birthdate of August 1973 – yet many have pointed out that the age doesn’t match the photo – or that the photo isn’t recent.
British travellers are advised to provide recent photographs or face not having their passport application approved.
The blue passports will be sent out at the end of March – but leftover burgundy stock will be used as a priority to get rid of them
Closer look: August 1973 would make the young woman in the photograph aged 47 – but many Twitter users pointed out she looks much younger
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