10
September
2020
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18:46
Europe/Amsterdam

City Corporation passes motion welcoming Hong Kong citizens

The City of London Corporation today told Hong Kong residents they would always be welcome in the Square Mile.

In a motion passed at the Court of Common Council – the City Corporation’s main decision-making body – elected Members reiterated their support for the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

They said China's imposition of a new national security law breached the terms of the treaty and undermined the right of Hong Kong citizens to enjoy "a high degree of autonomy" in the governance of their affairs.

The UK Government has extended residence rights to British Nationals (Overseas) Citizens living in Hong Kong.

The Court welcomed the policy and the motion, introduced by Member for Dowgate Mark Wheatley, said: “Those seeking to live, work, settle under this scheme or to apply for asylum if persecuted under the new National Security law will always be welcome in the City of London.”

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Notes to Editors:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

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The full motion reads

‘That this Honourable Court reiterates our support for the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

It notes the view of the British Government that China's imposition of the new National Security law breaches the terms of this treaty.

It notes the view it undermines the right of Hong Kong citizens to enjoy "a high degree of autonomy" in the governance of their affairs.

It notes the British Government has in response extended residence rights to British Nationals (Overseas) citizens living in Hong Kong.

It notes this offer extends the right to live and work in the UK from 6 months to 5 years, with a right to apply to settle after a further 12 months.

This Honourable Court welcomes this policy and adds further that those seeking to live, work, settle under this scheme or to apply for asylum if persecuted under the new National Security law will always be welcome in the City of London.

This Honourable Court welcomes the 23 years of cooperation, investment and friendship between Britain and China, between the City of London and Hong Kong, prior to the imposition of the new National Security law, and hopes for a return to that state of affairs at the earliest opportunity.’

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