Is it really worth having blue passports if it means the cost of applying for one shoots up to around £100?

The Tories seem to think so – they tried to sneak the proposal to increase the cost through Parliament via a Statutory Instrument (a change in the law that doesn’t require a Parliamentary vote).

One has to wonder whether this is another hidden cost of Brexit, with the Tories pushing a price rise through in good time to avoid anyone making the link.

Labour blocked the plan – and the new proposed cost will now go to a full vote in the House of Commons tomorrow (March 7).

The plans devised by the Home Office would see an increase of 27 per cent in the cost of children’s passports and 17 per cent for adults. This would effectively mean that a family of four applying by post would pay £287 for all their passports.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said: “Labour is urging MPs to put party divisions to one side on Wednesday and do the right thing by voting against this unfair rise in the cost of getting a new passport.

“This whopping increase will hit families badly and could see some families being forced to cancel their summer holiday plans as the costs become too high.”


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