Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

The UK government will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong “immediately and indefinitely”.

Announcing the move, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK “wants a positive relationship” with China.

But he said the “imposition” of the new security law in Hong Kong by Beijing was a “serious violation” of the country’s international obligations.

Labour said it would support changes to the law, calling it a “step in the right direction”.

The extradition treaty means that, if someone in Hong Kong is suspected of a crime in the UK, then the British authorities can ask Hong Kong to hand them over to face justice – and vice versa.

The UK fears the arrangement – which has been in place for more than 30 years – could see anyone it extradites to Hong Kong being sent on to China.

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