12 November 2020
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calls for international response to China’s disqualification of elected lawmakers in Hong Kong

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calls on the Government to build an international coalition of the free world to respond to China’s disqualification of elected pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for confirming to the House this morning that this is the third breach of the Sino-British agreement, which was registered at the UN. As a friend of China for 25 years, I say that this is unacceptable. He and the Foreign Secretary must now show the  Chinese that this sort of breaking of international norms has consequences. Will he therefore build as wide a coalition of the free world as possible to act in unison on things such as the Magnitsky sanctions? If he does that, they will be much more effective.

Nigel Adams

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this. We have already seen statements from four of our partners earlier today. I understand there may very well be a statement from the European Union later. In response to these developments, we have, as I say, offered this new immigration path, suspended the extradition treaty and extended our arms embargo on mainland China to Hong Kong. We have summoned the Chinese ambassador. We will continue to raise our concerns internationally at the UN. We will continue to lead the international community in calling on China to live up to its obligations under the joint declaration.