10 March 2021
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calls on Government to talk to allies about extending Hong Kong BNO right of abode offer

Following the Government statement on the planned reforms to Hong Kong’s electoral system by the Chinese National People’s Congress, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown asks if the Government is talking to Five Eyes allies about extending the right of abode offer to BNO status holders which would put added pressure on the Chinese Government.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con) [V]

Will my right hon. Friend tell the House what further discussions he is having with Five Eyes allies and other allies so that BNO status holders, who are most welcome in the United Kingdom, have similar rights of abode in those countries? More importantly, if we all act in lockstep, we are much more likely to influence China’s policy towards acting in accordance with international norms of behaviour.

Nigel Adams 

My hon. Friend makes a very good point. We are of course liaising with our international partners, including our Five Eyes colleagues. The United Kingdom is not the only country that is offering access for Hongkongers, certainly since the national security law was introduced. He will know that this is a generous offer for BNO status holders and their dependants. As I said, we are working with international partners, across Government and alongside civil society groups and others to make sure there is effective integration of BNO status holders when they arrive in the United Kingdom.