Johnson opens UK doors to three million Hong Kongers

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Boris Johnson has officially opened the door of the United Kingdom to almost three million Hong Kongers in an article published in The Times newspaper, in which he claims to be willing to make “one of the most important changes” in the history of the British visa system to allow 2.85 million citizens of the territory to obtain not only British residence but full citizenship.

Johnson’s statements come after Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced to parliamentarians his intention to welcome Hong Kong’s so-called British overseas passport holders who want to leave the country after China passed a new national security law that threatens to alter Hong Kong’s Basic Law and endanger its autonomy, obtained in the agreements under which the United Kingdom returned the former colony to China in 1997.

“If China imposes its national security law, the British government will change the immigration rules and allow any holder of these Hong Kong passports to come to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months and be given more immigration rights, including the right to work, which could put them on a path to citizenship,” said the premier, who added that “many people in Hong Kong fear that their way of life, which China promised to defend, is threatened.

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