To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proposed amendments to Hong Kong's extradition ordinance's implications for (a) the one country, two systems principle and (b) the safety of British businesses in the region.
We are aware of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s proposals to change the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance. We have noted the concerns voiced by legal and business representative organisations and civil society groups in Hong Kong about both the content and the short consultation period allowed for the proposed changes.
From a bilateral perspective we have raised a number of issues with the Hong Kong Government. These include the implications for both our joint security cooperation and our bilateral extradition treaty and the potential consequences for the UK business community and for UK citizens living in or travelling through Hong Kong. We will continue to seek clarity from the authorities on these points and to make clear that we would welcome a longer consultation period to allow the issues we and others have raised to be dealt with in a comprehensive way that maintains public and business confidence.