Johnson Formalizes Citizenship Offer To Hongkongers

The Insider reports:

Boris Johnson has offered three million Hong Kong citizens the chance to live and work in the UK after China defied global opposition to impose a new national security law on the region. The UK prime minister on Wednesday told the House of Commons that he will go ahead with the move after China imposed new security laws on the semiautonomous region on Tuesday. The laws, which are opposed by the UK, the EU, and the US, are designed to curtail anti-government protests in the region.

Hong Kong police carried out nearly 200 arrests on Wednesday. The UK government has offered 5 years of limited right to remain to all Hong Kong citizens eligible to apply for a British national overseas passport, and their dependents — some 3 million people. Arrivals will be eligible to apply for settled status in the UK for a further 12 months beyond their initial 5-year stay, after which they would be eligible for full UK citizenship.