British passports without the words European Union on the front cover are now being issued, despite the UK has not left the EU.
The new burgundy passports were introduced from 30 March, the day after the UK was initially expected to leave the EU.
Passports will still be issued with the European Union on the front cover to use up remaining stock.
A Home Office spokeswoman said, “Burgundy passports that no longer include the words European Union on the front cover were introduced from 30 March 2019.
“In order to use leftover stock and achieve best value to the taxpayer, passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period after this date.
“There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not. Both designs will be equally valid for travel.”
Dark blue passports are scheduled to be in use by the end of this year.