Sales of Yorkshire "passport" have soared amid Brexit uncertainty

Amid Brexit uncertainty, sales of an unofficial Yorkshire passport have soared.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 09:43

Dalesman Publishing was taken by surprise with the demand for the spoof passports.

The original burgundy version completely sold out weeks before Christmas so the publishers rushed out a new blue version a full year before the UK passport is set to make the same colour change.

Dalesman editor Adrian Braddy, who conceived and wrote the Yorkshire Passport, said: “A combination of Brexit uncertainty and a heightened sense of Yorkshire pride and unity seem to have fuelled popularity for the Yorkshire passports.

He added: “Although the UK passport is due to change colour to blue next year, that wasn’t actually the main factor in our decision to bring out a new edition of the passport in a different colour.

“The passports have been very popular on social media – even Geoffrey Boycott has tweeted about them – but the biggest complaint online has been that the red colour was, well, a bit too Lancastrian. Blue is, of course, the colour of the Yorkshire flag, so Brexit gave us an excuse to change the colour to a more Yorkshire hue.”

The jokey passports, which replace the traditional crest on the cover with a White Rose of York includes light-hearted content, such as a guide to Yorkshire insults and a Yorkshire tea colour chart

The Yorkshire Blue Passport is available from Dalesman Publishing priced £4.99.

* Please note: THIS IS A SPOOF PASSPORT AND DOES NOT REPLACE YOUR EXISTING PASSPORT.