Back to Blue: Return of the Free Republic of Keele?

Back to Blue: Return of the Free Republic of Keele?

Today, the Home Office announced that British Passports will be navy blue after Brexit. This is due to be 2019, but Busted could have released their seventh album before Brexit deals are concluded. I was alerted to this story when The Sun reported: ‘UK to get its iconic dark blue passport back in stunning Brexit victory for The Sun‘. British

The iconic 'Free Republic of Keele' passport

The iconic ‘Free Republic of Keele’ passport

citizens have not had blue passports since 1988, 29 years ago. The Sun have been campaigning relentlessly on this issue whilst hospitals are overcrowded and children in the north of England are suffering from ‘Victorian’ diseases such as rickets. But, blue passports is exactly the Brexit win we needed going in to the festive period.

If anything, this announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time. With Brexit talks stalling and no reports regarding the impact of Brexit on key industries, this announcement has added fuel to the fire for many young people, rather than demontrating our ability to ‘take back control’. British citizens have not had blue passports since 1988, 29 years ago. So you can imagine young people’s apathetic reaction to this decision.

Personally, I would like to see the return of the Free Republic of Keele (FROK). In February 1980, Keele declared itself as an independent state and passports were introduced for Keele students. Independence was claimed primarily in opposition to Education cuts. If Keele students were allowed to have their own passports they customise the colour they were printed in. Read more about the Declaration of Independence here: https://www.keele.ac.uk/thekeeleoralhistoryproject/declarationofindependence/. A FROK revival was attempted in 2016 which generated a series of dank memes but not a lot more. That isn’t going to stop me from getting incredibly excited about the benefits of a Keele passport.

Potential advatanges of a Keele passport:

  • Entitlement to a car parking space
  • Discounted laundrette survey
  • Access to First Buses actual timetable
  • 5% off curly fries in the SU

What are your thoughts on the UK going back to blue passports? Are there more important issues that need addressing? Or is this the Brexit victory you’ve been waiting for?

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