UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed Tuesday that he would offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China persists with its national security law.
“Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life which China pledged to uphold is under threat,” Johnson wrote in an article for The Times newspaper and the South China Morning Post.
“If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative.”
About 350,000 people in Hong Kong currently hold British National (Overseas) passports, which allow visa-free access to Britain for up to six months, Johnson wrote.
Another 2.5 million people would be eligible to apply for one.