Responding to reports that China has passed a sweeping national security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hong Kong Alistair Carmichael said:
“This new law crushes what was left of the ‘one country, two systems’ framework. It destroys Hong Kong as we know it.
"The UK government must now act swiftly to uphold the promises we made during the Handover.
“The people of Hong Kong must immediately be given the right to live in the UK, with a pathway to citizenship. It is not good enough for this offer to only apply to British National (Overseas) (BNO) status holders and their dependants, as the Government have so far suggested. This leaves behind many young Hongkongers who have been at the centre of the calls for democracy.
"The Government need to go further. All Hongkongers must have their rights and freedoms protected, regardless of BNO status.
"Liberal Democrats are urging the UK government to ensure that no one is left behind. It is time to step up and stand with Hong Kong.”