Dominic Raab hints at imminent change to Hong Kong extradition deal

The foreign secretary has given his strongest hint yet he may suspend the UK’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong, as relations with China sour.

Dominic Raab confirmed a review into the arrangement has been completed and he will be announcing an “update” to parliament on Monday.

He cautioned there wouldn’t be “business as usual” with the former British colony after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Extradition treaties are signed between countries to speed up the deportation of suspected criminals.

But after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law in Hong Kong, senior Tory MPs have called for it to be rescinded.

“We are all going to have to ask ourselves if we recognise the Chinese Communist Party’s definitions of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion, and share the interpretation of mainland judges,” the members of parliament’s Chinese Research Group wrote in a letter on Saturday.

The said countries including Canada, the US and Australia have already taken the step and others such as New Zealand are considering doing the same.

Mr Raab did not rule out the UK taking similar action when he spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

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