Date
24 January 2017
Emily Lau (center) with the representatives from the consulates of 11 European Union countries. Photo: Post852.com
Emily Lau (center) with the representatives from the consulates of 11 European Union countries. Photo: Post852.com

EU consulates favor reform package in meeting with pan-democrats

Representatives from the consulates of 11 European Union countries met pan-democratic legislators Wednesday, two weeks before the Legislative Council is to vote on the government’s electoral reform proposal. 

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit and Civic Party member Dennis Kwok Wing-hang were among the pan-democrats present at the meeting, Headline Daily reported Thursday.

Kwok said one consulate representative asked why Hongkongers will not accept the government’s proposal, as it is clear that China will never introduce democracy.

Leong said it was quite apparent that these consulates wanted the pan-democrats to accept the government’s proposal, but the lawmakers explained their reasons for not doing so clearly in the meeting.

His remarks were echoed by Lee, who said the intent of the EU consulates was apparent if one were to read between the lines.

Leong was adamant that these EU countries should not forget their principles and look solely to the economic benefits they hoped to obtain from China.

The meeting with the representatives of EU members including Britain, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands lasted about an hour.

The EU consulates will set up meetings with the pro-establishment camp in the near future, the report said.

Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing met representatives of the consulates of seven EU countries Tuesday.

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