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Britain: Hong Kong people who hold a BNO are welcomed in the UK

The Epoch Times
The Epoch Times
Following U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday, May 29, to remove Hong Kong's special status treatment as a result of the CCP’s push for the National Security Law on Hong Kong, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rennie Raab said that the British government will not turn a blind eye to what happens to the people in Hong Kong. Raab said in an interview: “We will give those people who hold BNO [British National (Overseas)] passports the right to come to the UK. We will lift that six months restriction, allowing them to come to the UK to live, to apply, study and work for an extendible 12 months period and that will provide a path to citizenship.” Demosistō, a pro-democracy political group in Hong Kong, responded on May 30 to the United State's intention to eliminate the special status from Hong Kong. Nathan Law, the chairman of the Demosistō, said: “The first way is for us to force Beijing, through local resistance, international pressure, and parliamentary resistance, to cancel the timeline of implementing the National Security Law. In addition, we still have to demand Beijing respond to the five major demands and to implement democracy in Hong Kong.” Joshua Wong, the secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō, said: “It is very clear now that Beijing needs to face up to the international backlash and Xi Jinping needs to be held most responsible for the sanctions and the removal of the so-called special treatment currently imposed.” On May 29, the European Union also indicated its concern about the situation of Hong Kong. The EU’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and high representative, Joseph Borrell, said: “We express our great concern at the steps taken by China on the 28th of May. We believe that this risk seriously undermines the ‘One country, two systems’ principle.” Moreover, the British newspaper Sunday Express reported that the continuous fallout over the CCP virus and the way the Chinese Communist Party treats Hong Kong and threatens Taiwan has increased anger within the British government.
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