Thursday 23 July 2020 / 3:52 PM Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy responds to news that China may block the UK’s offer of citizenship to Hong Kong residents

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to news that China may block the UK’s offer of citizenship to Hong Kong residents, said:

“Today’s announcement only reinforces the importance of the UK working with our international partners to coordinate a global response to China’s erosion of the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. The Government must not waiver in its commitment to Hong Kong and the millions potentially at risk of being targeted by new national security legislation.

“Unlike the Foreign Secretary who says there is “little the UK can do”, Labour wants to see the Government standing up for BNO passport holders in Hong Kong and demanding a guarantee from China that their travel not be restricted on illegitimate grounds. The Foreign Secretary must summon the Chinese Ambassador without delay to reiterate the UK’s commitment to the people of Hong Kong and demand assurances that the validity of British passports will be upheld.

“More broadly, we need a coherent and consistent strategy for dealing with China across government departments, including imposing sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the persecution of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.”