This file photo released on December 22, 2017 shows a combination image of two handout pictures released by the UK passport office of a burgundy (L) and blue United Kingdom passport. "AFP PHOTO / UK PASSPORT OFFICE "
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The new blue British passports that Prime Minister Theresa May hailed as "an expression of our independence and sovereignty" after Brexit will be made by a Franco-Dutch firm, the boss of the British company that lost the contract said Thursday. The news produced awkward headlines for May, who announced in December that Britain, which adopted burgundy passports in 1988 in line with EU recommendations, would switch back to the "iconic" dark blue it had used for decades.British passports are now made by De La Rue, which despite its French name is a British company that prints them in northern England. Britain's Interior Ministry defended the decision.
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