Responding to news that the Foreign Secretary has committed to extend the visa rights for British National (Overseas) passport holders unless China suspends plans for new security laws in Hong Kong, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“This move would be a welcome step in the right direction.
“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 the passport is not an empty promise. Relatively few people have a BNO Passport as the scheme was closed years ago.
“The cross-party Hong Kong Bill, would reopen the passport offer to also give young Hong Kongers the right to live in the UK. I am urging the Government to do this as a priority.”