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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd August 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the decision by the High Court of Hong Kong to disqualify four democratically elected members of the Legislative Council; and what representations they are making to the government of China regarding that case.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

In November 2016 the Government expressed concern at the decision by the National People's Congress Standing Committee to express its interpretation of the Basic Law before the conclusion of legal proceedings in Hong Kong against two legislators-elect regarding the validity of their oath-taking.

The four cases referred to are a matter for the Hong Kong Courts. We understand that the legislators may appeal against this judgement. It would therefore not be appropriate to comment on what is an ongoing legal matter. We will continue to follow developments closely.

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