The decision to buy new post- Brexit passports from a French company has been condemned as "disgraceful , outrageous and stupid".
Black Country MP John Spellar (Lab Warley ) spoke out after it emerged the contract to manufacture passports is to be awarded to Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto - rather than a plant in Gateshead, in North East England.
The UK is to move back to traditional navy blue passports once we quit the EU in March 2019. They will replace the Burgundy passports currently used in line with other EU countries.
It's been seen by some supporters of Brexit as an important symbol of British independence. But there is anger at reports that the contract will go to a firm outside the UK.
Mr Spellar said: "No other EU country is so hostile to it’s own industry and workers .
"We are still the soft touch of Europe and, even after the vote for Brexit, deadbeat civil servants and complacent Ministers have still not got the message.
"This decision to buy foreign passports is disgraceful, outrageous and stupid.
"Theresa May should intervene now to defend British industry and British workers."
Gateshead firm De La Rue currently holds the contract for producing UK passports, worth £490m over 10 years, but says it missed out in the battle to win the contract to produce the new designs.
De La Rue boss Martin Sutherland said it was "disappointing and surprising" that "this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France".
He said: "I think we have heard over the last few weeks and months ministers more than happy to come on the media and talk about the blue passports and the fact that the blue passport is an icon of British identity.
"Now this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France."
Mr Sutherland said his firm had been producing passports for the UK for the last 10 years "without a single hiccup" but had been "undercut on price" and would appeal against the decision.
Referring to the Gateshead staff, he said: "I'm going to have to go and face those workers, look at them in the whites of the eyes and try and explain to them why the British government thinks it's a sensible decision to buy French passports not British passports."
Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, MP for Stone in Staffordshire and chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny Committee, branded the decision "completely wrong and unnecessary".
The tender to produce the passport was put out across the EU under single market rules.
Sir Bill said: "I think it is incongruous to say the least. It is completely unnecessary and it is symbolically completely wrong.
Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake told the Press Association: "The blue passport saga is turning into a farce."
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said the procurement process had not been finalised.
"As I understand it, this procurement is not fully complete," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We are running a fair and open competition to ensure that the new contract delivers a high quality and secure product and offers the best value for money for customers.
"All passports will continue to be personalised with the holder's details in the United Kingdom, meaning that no personal data will leave the UK.
"We do not require passports to be manufactured in the UK. A proportion of blank passport books are currently manufactured overseas, and there are no security or operational reasons why this would not continue."