Britain Deletes “European Union” From New Passports

The New York Times reports:

Some British citizens planning to travel abroad already have a tangible sign of what life will look like once the country is no longer a member of the European Union: new passports missing “European Union” on the front cover.

Last month, even as lawmakers wrestled over the principal terms of the withdrawal process known as Brexit, the Home Office said that the design of new passports would change after March 29, the initial date set for Britain’s departure.

Drivers who held pink plastic permits under European Union standards were told to get ready to apply for international licenses in case Britain left without a deal. But for Britons, whose passports sometimes are their only form of identification, the document has come to symbolize Brexit.