Photo: & lt; protecting Hong Kong with one heart & gt; members went to the British Consulate General in Hong Kong to protest against British interference in China’s internal affairs and the judicial independence of Hong Kong. /China News Agency
The British government has violated its promise to allow Hong Kong people holding British National (Overseas) passport (BNO) to apply to immigrate to the UK. Since January 31, the Chinese government has not recognized BNO as a valid travel document and proof of identity. Liang Zhenying, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese people’s Political Consultative Conference, pointed out yesterday that if immigrants give up taking Hong Kong as their permanent residence, Hong Kong society will not be obliged to provide medical, educational and housing services for the people concerned, stressing that rights and obligations exist at the same time. Some politicians have also pointed out that the relevant policies of the UK are in violation of the Sino British Joint Declaration, and the central government has the power and possibility to introduce more stringent counter-measures. As for Hong Kong people who are naturalized in the UK through BNO, they may be discriminated against or even become refugees. /Ta Kung Pao reporter Gao Ren, point news reporter comprehensive report
Recently, the issue of BNO policy has aroused heated discussion. Liang Zhenying, vice chairman of the Chinese people’s Political Consultative Conference, posted an article on the social networking site questioning that Hong Kong people accept the BNO arrangement of the British government, that is, they want to immigrate to the UK. Immigration is to give up taking Hong Kong as their permanent residence, and individuals voluntarily make this choice. Why do they want to retain Hong Kong’s permanent resident status? In this case, those who leave Hong Kong do not take Hong Kong as their permanent residence. Hong Kong society has no obligation to provide them with, and it is impossible to plan in advance for, services such as medical care, education and housing. He stressed that the rights and obligations of people in any group exist at the same time. There is no such thing as only rights and no obligations. &”If Hong Kong society continues to be yes but yes on the issue of the implementation of permanent resident status, and yes but on the issue of the relationship between the rights and obligations of permanent residents, Hong Kong will not be a home, but the tenants living in the same hotel. Our society will always be a society that only talks about numbers, does not talk about responsibility, loose, weak collective consciousness and vulnerable. ”
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The former Secretary for security, Mrs Regina Ip, a member of the Executive Council, said on the radio that it was unreasonable for the UK to introduce new visa arrangements on the basis of Hong Kong’s implementation of the national security law, because the UK also has its own national security law, and there was no provision in the Sino British Joint Declaration prohibiting China from protecting its national security. She said that China still has many counter-measures, ranging from the most moderate to the most lethal. For example, strictly enforcing the nationality law can only target BNO naturalized British people. She also said that Hong Kong people who have been educated in the UK since childhood are not “second-class citizens” and think that they have blended with British culture. On the contrary, Hong Kong people who are “half way monk” and suddenly immigrate and unfamiliar with the local culture and history, even if they are naturalized in the UK, can be discriminated against. Those who are approved only because of BNO problems will be refugees.
Huang rurong, a retired magistrate, told reporters that according to the Sino British Joint Declaration, Hong Kong people with BNO can only enter the United Kingdom, not enjoy the right of abode. At present, the UK’s permission and acceptance of the & lt; 5 + 1 & gt; visa fundamentally changes the status and nature of BNO and unilaterally violates the Sino British Joint Declaration. The central government has the power and may tighten measures. Asked why some Hong Kong people would choose to use BNO instead of HKSAR passport, Huang rurong thinks that the main difference lies in convenience. For example, if you go to a country with different documents, the conditions for obtaining a visa may be different, while other aspects have little impact.
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In addition, both the US State Department and the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong said in response to media enquiries that BNO would continue to be accepted as a travel document. However, some British netizens have questioned that there are 4 million British settlers from the European Union. If there are any more Hong Kong immigrants in the past, the local housing, schools and employment situation will become increasingly tense. Therefore, they are dissatisfied with the new BNO policy.