Date
29 March 2017
Britain's decision to leave the European Union won't affect its ties with Hong Kong, says a top official. Photo: Reuters
Britain's decision to leave the European Union won't affect its ties with Hong Kong, says a top official. Photo: Reuters

Britain reaffirms Hong Kong ties after Brexit vote

Britain said its relationship with Hong Kong will remain strong and that bilateral ties will continue to develop despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Britain is “committed to strengthening its rich and wide-ranging relationship with Hong Kong”, Acting Consul General Esther Blythe said.

“We will continue to work together as partners in support of global free trade, and we will continue to develop our bilateral trade links with Hong Kong,” she said in a statement.

Noting that thousands of British companies do business in Hong Kong, Blythe said the partnerships will endure, in fields such as financial services.

“London will continue to be a strong partner for Hong Kong on financial services,” the official said.

There will be no immediate change in the way British passport holders travel within the European Union, or in the way British goods move or services are be sold after Brexit, the consul general said in her statement

“Following the referendum on June 23, the UK Government has made clear that the democratic will of the British people to leave the European Union will be respected,” the statement said.

“Negotiations on the terms of the UK exit will be taken forward by a new prime minister, expected to be in place by October.”

Britain remains committed to an open, rules-based international system, the statement said, pointing to the nation’s membership of bodies such as the United Nations, G7, G20 and NATO.

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