UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that if China continued down its current path in Hong Kong, the UK would introduce a new route for those with British national overseas status to enter the UK.
Boris Johnson was speaking at Prime Minister”s Questions, where he also faced scrutiny from opposition parties over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to help the damaged economy.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is also making a statement on China’s new security law which has just come into force in Hong Kong, amid widespread international criticism.
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The UK government has confirmed lockdown measures will not be lifted in Leicester, the city in central England where new clusters of COVID-19 have broken out. The prime minister faces accusations that the authorities responded too slowly.
Johnson’s appearance comes the day after he announced a “new deal” programme investing in infrastructure to boost economic recovery. Critics say it is woefully inadequate given the scale of the crisis.