There BBC estimates that there are about 300 thousand owners of British National Overseas passport in Hong Kong, released before 1997, which entitles you to travel to the United Kingdom for six months no visa required. “If China continues on this path – said the Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, quoted by BBC – and implement this national security law, we will eliminate the six-month limit and allow Bno passport holders to come to the UK and fare applying for work and study for 12 month extension periods “. This, he added, “will pave the way for future citizenship“.
This is a further step forward by London, which had already strongly condemned the new security law as a “violation” of the guarantees on the model ‘One State, two systems’ provided for by the Sino-Briannic Declaration which sanctioned the return of the territory. According to this principle, the socialist system is not applied in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong capitalist system will remain intact for 50 years. The United Kingdoms are also aligned United States, Canada and Australia, who yesterday signed the joint condemnation note on the imposition of the law by Beijing. China therefore threatened “formal protests“Against these four states:” These nations have no title or legal basis to quote the Sino-British Declaration, “said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian. The note complained of Chinese “direct violation of international obligations” according to the declaration signed before the return of Hong Kong and “registered by the UN”.
Me too’European Union argues that “Hong Kong’s high level of autonomy should not be eroded.” In a tweet, the German Foreign Ministry writes: “The EU is strong when it speaks with one voice, also with China“And remembering that” theEU has taken a clear position. ” Today the European High Representative Josep Borrell back to the issue of economic sanctions: “They are not the way to solve our problem with China,” he said. “On the latest developments in Hong Kong, all member states have expressed themselves and this is reflected in our statement,” he added, specifying “our deep concerns about the measures taken on May 28” by Beijing. Borrell stressed that “this decision” contrasts with “the principle of one country, two systems and on theautonomy of the Hong Kong region“.