What will happen with my passport?

British and EU passports
@Asylum (48282)
Manchester, England
May 21, 2016 10:46am CST
As most people know, next month the UK will have a referendum on whether to exit the European Union or remain a member. There has been a great deal of discussion on many aspects of this recently, but no mention of passports. Many moons ago I had a British passport, but now I hold a European passport issued in the UK. When we first joined the European Union we used our existing passports, which were changed to EU versions gradually as people began to renew their old ones. Of course this may not be so simple if we leave the EU, since we will no longer qualify for such a passport. The passport offices deal with new applications plus renewals of passports as they approach 10 years old. If they have to renew all passports immediately, this will create a massive workload and delays on the issues could easily run in excess of 6 months or greater There is also the cost. I paid £85.50 for a passport renewal 12 months ago and do not want to pay that again so soon..
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
21 May 16
You are going to get a temporary South African passport which you can use to Stay at Home!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
That would allow me to acquire a British visa stamp.
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
22 May 16
@Asylum YES!
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• United States
22 May 16
I renewed mine a couple of years ago and it was around $100 and I believe it's $110. right now. Soon they will ask for blood as well.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
You can imagine how annoying it would be to have to renew it again a year later.
• United States
22 May 16
@Asylum I absolutely do. I see you are not in favor of staying in the EU. Why do you wish to leave?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
@Jeanniemaries Britain should decide the laws in Britain, not Germany or France etcetera.
@Shiva49 (12072)
• Singapore
21 May 16
I hope all these decisions prove wise after due care and not based on emotions. The common folks are impacted more with costs et al - siva
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
I agree that most people have preconceived opinions and will not be swayed by facts, which is definitely a problem. Personally I think that we should withdraw from the EU, but I doubt whether that will happen. My biggest concern is that we have millions of European residents in the UK, who will be entitled to vote and unlikely to vote for us to leave.
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
21 May 16
@Asylum EU residents in the UK cannot even vote in UK government elections, and neither can they vote in the UK's EU in/out referendum.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
@pgntwo A lot of my Polish colleagues told me that they were eligible to vote.
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@jobelbojel (6804)
• Philippines
22 May 16
Passport fee is very expensive over there. I hope though that you can get more updates on that referendum.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
There is no information available on this aspect of withdrawing from the EU, so I will have to wait to see the outcome.
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• Philippines
22 May 16
@Asylum I am hoping you get to see the outcome soon.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
@jobelbojel Obviously we will know nothing until the referendum on 23rd June.
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@BelleStarr (37027)
• Portland, Connecticut
22 May 16
That certainly is a consideration and no doubt will be a bit of a nightmare. I am in favor of leaving the EU but of course I don't get to vote. lol
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
I am also in favour of leaving and fortunately I do have a vote.
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@BelleStarr (37027)
• Portland, Connecticut
22 May 16
@Asylum Would you mind doning a dress and voting for me??? lol
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
@BelleStarr The referendum is scheduled for 23rd June, which is a Thursday. I only wear my dress at weekends.
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
22 May 16
Passport is.quite costly there
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
They have always been very expensive.
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
22 May 16
@Asylum here.. arpund $60
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
@Lucky15 I believe that most countries are cheaper.
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@DWDavis (10774)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
21 May 16
I would think the Foreign Office website might have some information on that by now. Odd that they don't. Perhaps there will be a period as before where the EU Passport will still be honored until it is time to renew.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
That would make mine valid for almost 9 years, which seems unlikely.
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@DWDavis (10774)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
21 May 16
@Asylum That does seem like too much time. But I cannot imagine they would expect every British Passport to be replaced overnight so there would have to be some kind of grace period.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
@DWDavis That would still incur another £85 outlay for me.
@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
21 May 16
Actually, EU nationals other than those from UK or Ireland are not allowed to vote in the referendum. Commonwealth citizens, eg Australia, Malaysia, etc, resident in the UK ARE allowed to vote. UK nationals resident in the EU but outside of the UK for more than 15years also cannot vote in this referendum. It's a bit of a fiddle... If you're worried about the passport, you'd better vote for the UK to remain in the EU on 23rd June...
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
I would prefer that we came out.
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
21 May 16
@Asylum Ah well, better get ready for the grand burning of the burgundy-coloured passports then... And a charge to get a dark blue one in the next while!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
@pgntwo My current passport already has more visa stamps than my previous three combined.
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@garymarsh6 (13201)
• United Kingdom
29 May 16
They will probably let them expire but the old passports were much better then these flimsy ones these days although I don't know how they would incorporate the biometrics in the former design. I guess it is not impossible!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
29 May 16
The problem with allowing them to expire is that mine will last over 8 more years. I cannot imagine the EU agreeing to us using an EU passport for so long.
@garymarsh6 (13201)
• United Kingdom
29 May 16
@Asylum It would be a nice way of Sticking two fingers up at Herr Merkel!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
29 May 16
@garymarsh6 I have been doing that for years.
@Orson_Kart (4311)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
Good point, but I would assume that they would still be valid. I don't expect much to change immediately after the vote, should it favour the Leave campaign.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
I find it hard to believe that I would be permitted to use a EU passport for over 8 years after leaving.
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• United Kingdom
22 May 16
@Asylum I read somewhere that there would be at least two years of negotiations if we decided to leave and possibly ten years before any major changes happened. With all the scaremongering put about by the Remain campaign, I'd be surprised if we still existed! lol
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
@Orson_Kart Yes, they suggest that we would lose jobs, exports and vast monetary losses.
@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
I've never thought about this, but surely our passports would still be valid until they run out. It would just be a nightmare if they weren't, as you say.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
I understand your expectation of a passport remaining valid, but this is different to when we joined. We were entitled to a British passport, but if we withdraw we will lose entitlement to hold a EU passport.
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• Greece
24 Jun 16
I'm wondering about the agreement to cover health costs at present made through the NHS to expats in the EU. We have already lost the help with heating bills in November.
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@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun 16
@41CombedaleRoad We'll soon find out I suppose as the voting is done - we are out!
@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
I can hardly believe this referendum is so soon, I still feel as though I really don't know nearly enough about the options. I guess that's because no-one really knows what will happen either way!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 16
The government wants us to remain, so the majority of information supplied is biased accordingly. Even the information contained in leaflets being distributed is abstract, such as references to losing jobs or government customer with no explanation as to why.
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• United States
26 May 16
@Asylum The US govt, and every other huckster in the US, plays the "jobs" card whenever they want to force their program down our throats. The awful thing is, it quite often works and the player gets their way. The public generally finds out the "jobs" meant to be saved, aren't, or the "jobs" promised to be created either aren't created, are fewer than promised, are filled with employees from out of state, pay very little, or are temporary at best. Bah.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
26 May 16
@blitzfrick Same here; at least not the government so much, but anyone who wants to push a new development of any sort that has some opposition claims it will create loads of jobs but they are mostly the sot that no-one would want if they had the choice.
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• United States
21 May 16
Decisions have unintended consequences. Many of them are not pleasant. But most people don't travel as much as you do, or do they?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
That is a fair point since most would go abroad once a year.
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• United States
21 May 16
@Asylum Your people travel far more than mine. Americans tend to stay home, or work.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
@ElizabethWallace The difference is the location. You can travel to New York and still be in the USA, whereas England is much smaller.
• Midland, Michigan
30 May 16
Passports aren't cheap, and I wouldn't want to pay that again so soon either, if it were me. I hope they figure all this out ahead of time so there isn't a crunch in redoing them all en masse.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
30 May 16
This would generate a major delay in issuing passports as well as the cost.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24896)
• United States
27 May 16
I hope that you don't have to pay again.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
27 May 16
So do I because I will also lose all the visa stamps in my current passport.
@thelme55 (13984)
• Germany
21 May 16
I have no idea. I hope UK will stay in EC. My friends and I are planning to visit London next year and I am their tourist guide as I have been there a few times. Maybe, I will get a visa stamp then when UK will quit. BTW, your passport is expensive. I only paid 59€ for my new passport a few weeks ago.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
If we withdraw then you will certainly have your passport stamped.
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@valmnz (12596)
• New Zealand
21 May 16
That does sound like an interesting situation. And, thanks for reminding me, my own passport needs to be renewed.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
It seems rather doubtful whether Britain will leave the EU, but if we do there must be a myriad of such oddities that will suddenly crop up.
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@boiboing (12206)
• Northampton, England
21 May 16
Another good reason to vote to stay in. And if you have an EHIC card for travel medical cover, that's another.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
I would still prefer Britain to leave the EU.
@marguicha (90454)
• Chile
21 May 16
In my country, the cost of passports went up to be twice as much as before. In your case the other problem makes it worse as you cannot get a new passport before it is known if the old passports will be useful.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
This is very true and without one foreign holidays would not be possible.
@marlina (71263)
• Canada
21 May 16
You will soon find out.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
21 May 16
Only if the vote is in favour of leaving, which is looking unlikely at present.