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British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © Christopher Nield/Creative Commons
British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © Christopher Nield/Creative Commons

What Might a Post-Brexit British Passport Look Like?

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Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union proved one of the most divisive outcomes in modern history. In an effort to “create a positive vision for the future,” Dezeen has launched an unofficial design competition for a new, post-Brexit British passport. 

On February 14, design magazine Dezeen launched a free competition for post-Brexit U.K. passport proposals. There will be £1,000  ($1,246.53) in it for the winning designer, though the publication stresses that the chosen design is “unlikely to be adopted by the government.” They will, however, present it to the Home Office for consideration.

British Passport (European Community) | © Stratforder/Creative Commons

British Passport (European Community) | © Stratforder/Creative Commons

The vast majority of British artists and designers voted against Brexit. But it happened regardless, and now Dezeen challenges anyone with a creative eye and progressive vision to come up with a new passport design that positively reflects the U.K.’s rich culture and heritage.

Dezeen will choose the winning design based on its strength, creativity, and execution. The project is “a message to the government about the importance of the design sector to the U.K.’s culture, society and economy.”

British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © HM Passport Office, De La Rue/Creative Commons

“Creative United Kingdom” British passport | © HM Passport Office, De La Rue/Creative Commons

British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons

“Creative United Kingdom” British passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons

British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons

“Creative United Kingdom” British passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons

British Passport 'Creative United Kingdom' Passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons

“Creative United Kingdom” British passport | © Christopher Nield, HM Passport Office/Creative Commons