New security law seriously violates Hong Kong pact: PM Johnson
LONDON (UK) – Britain on Wednesday said China’s imposition of a new security law in Hong Kong was a “serious violation” of the 1984 Joint Declaration. London also made it clear that it would offer around 3 million residents of its former colony a path to British citizenship.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Parliament on Wednesday: “The enactment and imposition of this national security law constitute a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
The prime minister said the UK would stand by its promise to give British National Overseas (BNO) passport-holders in the city a path to UK citizenship.
As of February, there were 349,881 BNO passport holders.
When Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, its autonomy was guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” formula which was mentioned in the Sino-British Joint Declaration inked by then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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