HK 2020 Interview: Ex-governor Patten says widespread British support for new visa rights for Hongkongers

Hong Kong’s last colonial governor Lord Chris Patten says Britain’s move to offer Hongkongers who hold British National (Overseas) passports and close family members a pathway to citizenship has won support “across the board” in the UK, thanks to Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Communist regime that “made life difficult” in the city. In an interview with HKFP last week, Patten said the UK was not trying to act as a “magnet” for Hong Kong people. But the ex-governor who served from 1992 to 1997 and oversaw the handover to China, said British authorities felt a responsibility for those who fou…

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