After the National People’s Congress in China announced the establishment of the National Security Legislation in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reported to the Congress on Hong Kong issues, saying that Hong Kong no longer enjoys a high degree of autonomy and does not guarantee that Hong Kong will continue to enjoy special treatment.
When the incident triggered a huge response, some MPs in the UK wrote to the foreign minister, urging the authorities to publicly clarify their attitudes towards British national (overseas) passport holders, including the right to abode in the UK.
Lisa Nandy, the shadow Foreign Minister of the Labor Party in UK, sent an open letter to Dominic Raab, the UK Foreign Secretary, asking him to explain clearly the BN(O) holders‘ right to reside and work in the UK, and to explain how the UK government will support Someone.
When the political situation in Hong Kong is turbulent, Nandy asked Dominic Raab to explain the Hong Kong issue to the House of Parliament as soon as possible to assure the British Nationals in Hong Kong, and those overseas that the UK government will protect the rule of law, democracy and freedom of speech.
The UK has a deep and longstanding relationship with Hong Kong and its people. Now is not the moment for us to look away.— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) May 27, 2020
Today I’ve written to the Foreign Secretary and urged him to take immediate action to ensure we defend the values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law. pic.twitter.com/XTuE2i0jhy
Nandy pointed out that the UK government lacks a clear strategy on the China issue and is worried that if it continues, China can continue to act without consequences, and Hong Kong people suffer serious consequences.
During the heat discussions on the Hong Kong National Security Legistration, there have been many reports recently that the UK government intends to grant BN(O) holders the right of abode in Britain. There have also been reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to accept Hong Kong people, but the UK government actually has a vague approach, no clear statement.