Until very recently, it was the case that if you were looking to renew a UK passport with less than 9 months on it before it expired, the additional time left on your current passport would be added to your new one, so say you were filling a renewal application today with your current passport due to run out on 2nd April 2019, then your new passport would have an expiry date of 2nd April 2029, even if when you received your new passport that date happens to be more than 10 years away.
That is apparently until the start of this week. Now it seems that anyone renewing their UK passport before their current one expires will not have the remaining time of their current passport added on to their new one - so if the same passport holder as above sends in a renewal today, quickly approved and has their new passport printed out on 1st October 2018, the expiry date of the new passport will be 1st October 2028 and not 2nd April 2029.
That might seem as not much to be worried about but considering quite a few countries insist that you have at least six months validity on your passport when you enter their territory, the effective length of a UK passport's validity has just been trimmed off. There was no prior announcement from the Home Office about this policy change and when contacted by MSE, they initially denied it before admitting it, claiming that the reason is Brexit - BULLSHIT!
I doubt that free & fearsome press that had nostalgic orgasms about the passport colour changing to blue will look at this sneaky change at any depth.
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/ ... han-expec/