Responding to reports that, if China imposes its new security law on Hong Kong, the Home Office appears ready to extend visa rights for all British Nationals (Overseas) in Hong Kong, whether or not they are current BNO passport holders, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“If confirmed, this is welcome news. This move is long overdue.
“I introduced legislation to give the people of Hong Kong the right to live in the UK back in February. I am glad the government is finally listening.
“Beijing has repeatedly shown contempt for the Sino-British Declaration. Under that Declaration, the UK has a duty to the people of Hong Kong.
“The government must now ensure all Hong Kongers are protected. Relatively few people have BNO status as the offer was closed years ago.
“My cross-party Hong Kong Bill would reopen the passport offer to also give young Hong Kongers the right to live in the UK, regardless of whether they are a dependent of a BNO status holder. I am urging the government to do this immediately.”