Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has issued a statement on the ongoing situation in Hong Kong. He said that the UK now considered that there was a state of ongoing non-compliance from China with regards to the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
In his statement, Raab said that:
“Beijing’s decision to impose radical changes to restrict participation in Hong Kong’s electoral system constitutes a further clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration. This is part of a pattern designed to harass and stifle all voices critical of China’s policies and is the third breach of the Joint Declaration in less than nine months.”
The agreement had been signed in 1984 by the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang. China has stated that the agreement is no longer valid, but the British Government has said that it is considered to be a valid legal document which is still in force.