It is an attempt by the Chinese government to crush the spirit of Hong Kong. This is why our government has invited Hong Kong citizens with BNO passports to settle in the UK.
You may be considering accepting this offer. In particular, you may be considering relocating to London. I know this is a difficult decision to make. Leave your home to live in a city nearly six thousand miles away.
My grandparents faced the same decision seventy years ago. After fighting for Britain in WWII, they moved here from Jamaica. But believe me, I am grateful to them.
It is because my family has gone from immigrants in this city to elected officials in this city. It’s a story that is only possible in London. So while I can’t tell you if you need to move, I can tell you what to expect if you do.
From the moment you arrive in London, the course of your life will be in your hands. You will be able to say what you think without fear of being arrested. You will live in a city ruled by elected leaders under a predictable rule of law. You will find the human rights that the Chinese government took away.
More than anything else, you will be welcomed with open arms.
Because if the Communist Party doesn’t recognize your worth, Londoners do. We know that the citizens of Hong Kong have made a huge contribution to the economic and cultural life of the UK. And we want this to continue.
In fact, I want to go even further. If I am elected mayor next year, I will make the defense of human rights a key part of my program.
I will end London’s twinning with Beijing. Not just on China’s treatment of Hong Kong, but also on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims. And I will present a free information service for Hong Kong citizens in London. Help you find Cantonese speaking lawyers, labor market advice, hire locations, etc. Just as our city rightly did for EU citizens after Brexit.
London is a global city with global responsibilities. I will make sure that we are up to them. So if you do decide to relocate, hopefully you will make London your home. All of us, Hong Kong citizens and Londoners, will be better off.