June 30, 2020 / 12:25 PM / 5 days ago

Britain urgently needs to see China law on Hong Kong, says UK PM's spokesman

Buildings are seen above Hong Kong and Chinese flags, as pro-China supporters celebration after China's parliament passes national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain urgently needs to see the legislation China passed regarding Hong Kong to determine whether it has breached the joint declaration and then will set out its next steps, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

“Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation and has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong,” the spokesman told reporters.

“We urgently need to see the full legislation and we will use that to determine whether there has been a breach of the joint declaration, and we will then be able to set out the next steps which we are taking in response.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Michael Holden

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