Pass­port re­newal deal not yet in the bag

Home Of­fice says Euro­pean Union ref­er­ences have not been re­solved

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Jones

Is­sue still to be re­solved be­tween UK and the EU

THE UK Home Of­fice has said the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment has not yet reached a deal with the Euro­pean Union over the thorny is­sue of pass­port re­newal.

The rev­e­la­tion fol­lows an ar­ti­cle in last week’s Costa Liv­ing sup­ple­ment over ‘ pass­ports and Brexit’.

The ar­ti­cle high­lighted the worry of thou­sands of ex­pats who have to re­new their pass­port in the next 12 months, be­fore Bri­tain is set to leave the Euro­pean Union in March, 2019.

As the pass­ports cur­rently have Euro­pean Union em­bla­zoned on the front and a fur­ther ref­er­ence in­side, many Bri­tons liv­ing in Spain have ques­tioned whether they will have to pay again for an­other pass­port which con­tains no ref­er­ence to the EU.

A spokesman for the Home Of­fice told Costa Blanca News that the is­sue has still not been re­solved in the cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tions.

He said: “It is our in­ten­tion that peo­ple will be able to go on us­ing their pass­ports.”

How­ever, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment ‘ will have to dis­cuss this’ with the EU to see if it is ac­cept­able.

The cur­rent cost of an adult stan­dard 32-page pass­port is £83, with the cost ris­ing to £102.86 with a courier fee.

Af­fected Bri­tons have ex­pressed dis­may that the is­sue has not been re­solved.

A Tor­re­vieja res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, said: “I have to re­new my pass­port in Septem­ber and will be ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous if I have to go through the process again and pay again.

“This is just an­other ex­am­ple of the ter­ri­ble mess that Brexit has cre­ated and the un­cer­tainty that the process is lead­ing to for ex­pats.

“The fact that this is­sue hasn’t been sorted out yet is more proof that the UK gov­ern­ment is in dis­ar­ray over Brexit and that we are the ones who are suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences.”

The Home Of­fice con­firmed in De­cem­ber that af­ter the UK leaves the EU, bur­gundy pass­ports will con­tinue to be is­sued for a short pe­riod but with no ref­er­ence to the Euro­pean Union.

The much-trum­peted blue and gold pass­ports will be is­sued from Oc­to­ber, 2019, ac­cord­ing to the Home Of­fice.

The Bri­tish pass­port has Euro­pean Union on the cover

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