I AM surprised Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the government’s decision to bring back true-blue passports, since they will perfectly match the Scottish flag of which she is so proud.

Red is my favourite colour but I am delighted that, from the day we quit Europe, in 2019, the present reddish ‘burgundy’ EU passports will be replaced with blue, unequivocally British, passports, without the EU insignia.

Of the new, blue passport, Theresa May said: “The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty – symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation.”

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I couldn’t agree more but, in addition to that, our PM’s declaration of intent regarding the new passport means that there will be no delay in leaving the EU, as many dissenting parliamentarians would wish.

It is also symbolic of the fact that we, as a nation, have the confidence to go it alone.

Even as a Boro supporter, for once I’ve got to shout: “Up the Blues!”

Steve Kay, Redcar & Cleveland Councillor