I am 25, from the UK and I don’t yet have a passport. Should I apply for one before we leave the EU? What differences would it make to me if I wait?

Whether you apply now or after Brexit is irrelevant. It will be a British passport in either case, and your rights will be adjusted behind the scenes. After Brexit, the colour of the cover might change, and possibly some of the wording inside.

However, if you are planning to travel by air to Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic, it is advisable to take a passport as proof of identity. This is because of changes to air travel security following the 9/11 attacks in the US, and doesn’t apply to travel by ferry. It isn’t necessary to go through passport control, as Northern Ireland is part of the UK, and Ireland is part of the UK/Ireland Common Travel Zone (which predates the EU). In theory, you could use your driving licence as proof of identity instead of a passport, but I’ve never tried that personally.



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