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    Frogs to issue UK passports

    Hard to believe but saw this in FT today

    I wonder if UK will have to pay import duty on EU goods after Brexit?

    Kicked down La Rue, also create some unemployment as an added bonus.

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    https://www.ft.com/content/e1578076-...a-7e7563b0b0f4

    French group set to win contract to make UK passports after BrexitLeave campaigners incensed at ‘irony’ of De La Rue losing out to Paris-based GemaltoAn EU-era British passport in burgundy, and an old-fashioned blue versionShare on Twitter (opens new window)Share on Facebook (opens new window)Share on LinkedIn (opens new window)


    Britain’s new dark blue passports, leading to criticism from some Brexiters who had heralded the change of colour as a symbol of the benefits of leaving the EU.Gemalto, a security company based in Paris, is expected to win a tender process ahead of the UK’s De La Rue, one person briefed on the decision said. De La Rue currently holds the contract for producing UK passports, worth 490m over 10 years.

    Both the Sun and Daily Telegraph newspapers reported the news on Wednesday evening. Bill Cash, a pro-Brexit MP, said the decision was “incongruous to say the least” and “symbolically completely wrong”.“The irony is unreal,” said Eloise Todd, chief executive of Best for Britain, the anti-Brexit campaign group .

    The Home Office said the procurement process was ongoing, adding: “We do not require passports to be manufactured in the UK. A proportion of blank passport books are currently manufactured overseas, and there are no security or operational reasons why this would not continue.”Recommended
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    What on earth possessed them, Gemalto are shite.

    Gemalto Sentinel flaws could lead to ICS attacks

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    I expect they were 2 for 1 at poundland

    Not surprised if there's a u-turn on this one

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    The contact for the French company to make British passports has not been signed yet. So this is fake news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    The contact for the French company to make British passports has not been signed yet. So this is fake news.
    Yes seemed incredible but don't shoot the messenger same story all over the press.I suspect it was leaked to get De La Rue ( the British !! firm the contract)

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    As I understand it, the company who it's believed will be awarded the contract (Gemalto), already has 5 operations in the UK, with, again if awarded, will add 70 jobs to their operations at Fareham and Heywood. I think it also worth noting that the contract is for the printing of passports only. The insertion of biometric data and issuing administration will continue to be carried out solely in the UK. Apparently, DeLaRue's tender came in at 120 million pounds more than the successful bid.

    Sorry, this issue to taking nationalistic sentiment too far. If the UK is going to succeed as a forthcoming 'global' nation, and there is the desire to strike a free trade agreement with the EU, this should be held as an example of the UK's outlook.

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