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British citizenship is being offered to 2.9 million people living in Hong Kong in light of controversial security laws imposed by China.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the move he touted several weeks ago, saying “we will not duck our historic responsibilities”.

He said the “bespoke” visa route would let British Nationals Overseas and their dependents come from Hong Kong to work or study in the UK for five years.

They will then be able to apply for settled status and if successful, one year later can apply for citizenship.

Mr Raab condemned the arrests in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning of people displaying pro-independence banners and flags, but whose activities were non-violent.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered for an annual rally marking the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China in 1997.

The new security law drawn up by Beijing makes secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities illegal in Hong Kong – as well as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs.

Mr Raab said the implications for Hong Kong are severe as it “violates its autonomy and threatens the strangulation of its freedoms”.

He added there will be no “quota” on the number of those who can apply to come to the UK.

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