The government must reverse its decision to ship the production of the UK’s new iconic passport to France, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Thursday 22 March) after it emerged the British firm De La Rue would no longer produce UK passports after 2019.

Accusing government ministers of betraying UK workers, Unite said attempts to blame European Union procurement rules for the decision was a smokescreen because France produces its own passports citing national security.

Vowing to fight the decision to secure UK jobs Unite national officer Louisa Bull said: “Theresa May and Amber Rudd need to explain to De La Rue workers why ‘taking back control’ means their jobs could be put at risk while the production of Britain’s new iconic passport is shipped overseas to France.

“It wouldn’t happen in France because of national security and it shouldn’t happen in the UK. De La Rue is the UK’s leading security printer making bank notes as well as passports sustaining thousands of decent jobs in the UK.

“Ministers need to reverse this decision and start supporting British business and UK workers through public procurement and an industrial strategy which is more than just soundbites.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.