China has recently forbidden British Parliamentary members to visit Hong Kong and look into the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration here. This will jeopardize the constitutional foundation of the Basic Law. We request the Foreign Affairs Committee to truthfully report the implementation of the Joint Declaration in Hong Kong and the UK Government to exert pressure on China. Occupy British Consulate-General Group’s localist response to this is as follows:
Firstly, China’s ban on British MPs’ visit to Hong Kong contravene international general practice. Having kept delaying universal suffrage in Hong Kong, China now unabashedly and openly prevents British MPs from finding out the real situation in Hong Kong.
Secondly, the Chinese Deputy Ambassador to the UK recently told Sir Richard Ottaway, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, that “the Sino-British Joint Declaration is now void.” This is in contradiction to the facts. And the State Council of China has not yet formally declared cancellation of the Joint Declaration.
Thirdly, this causes the Basic Law of Hong Kong to undergo a severe constitutional crisis. According to the Preamble of the Basic Law, “On 19 December 1984, the Chinese and British governments signed the Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong, affirming that the Government of the People’s Republic of China will resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong with effect from 1 July 1997, thus fulfilling the long-cherished common aspiration of the Chinese people for the recovery of Hong Kong.” It follows that the Joint Declaration is the legal origin of the Basic Law.
We request British MPs to pay close attention to the above and to truthfully report the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Hong Kong. We urge the UK Government to pressurize China to return genuine autonomy to Hong Kong and allow genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. We support British MPs’ investigatory visit to Hong Kong.
We have been camping outside the British CG, HK, for more than two months, with a view to presenting the British delegation with a petition letter. If the eleven British MPs concerned cannot come to Hong Kong, we request the Foreign Affairs Committee to let us give evidence via video-conferencing.
Announced outside British Consulate-General Hong Kong on 4 December 2014