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Brexit British Passports 'Shouldn't Have French Words', Petition Demands - But It Has One Fatal Flaw

It's not 'Dieu et mon Droit'.

05/08/2016 21:19 | Updated 05 August 2016
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The Government has 'no immediate plans' to reintroduce the traditional navy blue British passports in the wake of Brexit

A petition has been launched to remove “all French words” from the cover of post-Brexit British passports.

The problem is that passport is itself a French word.

The issue of the colour of the British passport has been raised recently, with Brexiteers wanting them to no longer be the burgundy colour of EU passports.

The petition to parliament demands: “The vote to leave the EU means people voted to Take Back Control. Control of their borders, their culture and their language.

It adds: “Whether ‘Dieu et mon droit’ and ‘Honi qui mal y pense’ [sic] have existed as mottos in England for ages is irrelevant. French is an EU language and has no place on a UK passport.”

Passport comes from the French for “to pass” - passer - and seaport - port.

According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the term originates from the late 15th century.

With 55 signatures at the time of writing, the petition is a mere 9,945 signatures away from having the Government respond.

It also might shock the petition author to learn that the reason the phrases “Dieu et mon Droit” and “Honi soit qui mal y pense” are on the passport is because they are on the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

If it gains another 99,945 signatures and Parliament will have to debate it, as people on Twitter have been this evening.

The Sun, which backed Brexit, has been pushing for new passport to be blue and even took, in the depths of news scarce summer, a 7-ft mock up of it to Westminster to gauge public opinion.

The passport still has the French words on it, however, so we’re evidently doomed to look at an “EU language” on our passports whether we Brexit or not.

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