The controversial new security law gives Beijing extensive powers to operate in the semi-autonomous territory. Following the implementation of the controversial law, the Prime Minister has stated the new legislation threatens the 1985 Sino-British joint declaration. Arrests were made just hours after it came into effect, and Express.co.uk asked readers, “After terrifying arrest sparks fury, is it time for UK to challenge Beijing?”
In response, 1,983 out of 2,583 (76 percent) insisted the UK must challenge China over the new law in Hong Kong.
Just 587 (22 percent) said the UK should not intervene while only 53 were not sure.
One person said: “Yes, but more important, cut off all trade and investment.”
A second said: “As China cannot be trusted to honour its treaty commitments the world should be implementing a full trade embargo and severing diplomatic ties.”
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A third said: “China thinks it can get away with anything, time for the world to show them it can’t.”
A fourth said: “Time to take a stand.
“China either accepts its commitments and the legal status of Hong Kong or risk alienating the UK.”
Within the security law, anyone who conspires with foreigners to provoke hatred towards the Chinese government or the authorities may have committed a criminal offence.
The territory was handed back to China from British control in 1997.
Under the transfer, the Chinese government must uphold the agreements made under the 1985 treaty which was created to protect certain democratic freedoms such as the right to free speech.
This agreement is set to stand for 50 years but UK officials have declared the security new law violates these freedoms.
In response, Boris Johnson has offered up to three million residents the right to UK citizenship.
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There are 350,000 UK passport holders in Hong Kong and a further 2.6 million eligible to be repatriated.
British Overseas Nationals and their dependents would be given the right to work and study for five years.
After this, the citizens would be given the right to apply for settled status.
Commenting on the proposal, Mr Johnson said: “It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and threatens the freedoms and rights protected by the joint declaration.
“We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with British National (Overseas) status to enter the UK, granting them limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship.
“And that is precisely what we will do now.”
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said there would be no limit on numbers or quotas.
He also stated the UK wanted to maintain a peaceful relationship with China.
He did add that Beijing had broken its promises to the people of Hong Kong.
He said: “This is a special, bespoke, set of arrangements developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.”
This poll was closed at 9.52pm and opened at 8.02am on July 1.