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OPINION: Presenter Steve Allen looks at the modern issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:16 10 April 2017

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Passport won’t colour my view of travelling

We’re a week into life under Article 50 and already there have been some unexpected outcomes.

We nearly declared war on Spain over Gibraltar, which is worrying. I think we’d win that war but even the mention of the W-word pretty much guarantees we won’t get any points at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

While war is generally considered as a bad thing it’s worth taking a look at some of the positives we’re getting from Brexit.

A recent YouGov poll found that number two on the list of things leavers wanted to see brought back is the blue passport.

The Home Office has confirmed it will spend almost £500million redesigning our passports, which seems a lot but it’s only two weeks’ worth of the £355million that’s not going to the NHS.

Of all the real reasons to leave the EU, passport colouring is up there with banana curvature. But some people take this seriously.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said: “The humiliation of having a pink European Union passport will now soon be over.”

If I’m honest, I never gave it a thought. I certainly didn’t refuse to travel abroad to avoid the shame of having to whip my pink passport out in a customs queue.

You see some UK tourists with their bright yellow shorts, socks paired with sandals, a bum-bag and Timmy Mallett inspired sunglasses. They don’t look like they’d be embarrassed about the colour of their passport.

And it’s not pink. It’s burgundy. A colour named after a region in France. How is that now worse for a Eurosceptic?

If we’re spending £500million on this I want a passport like the Nokia 3310 with changeable fascia. That way you could pick the cover you’d want.

I might pick a burgundy one. It goes well with my sandals.

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