End this neglect of British nationals in Hong Kong
From Mike Cheung, Hong Kong
MAY 3, 2018
As a Hong Kong resident holding a British national (overseas) passport (BNO) I share much of the sympathy for the mistreatment of the Windrush generation (“Javid rejects May’s ‘hostile environment’ ”, May 1)
In fact, ingrained unfriendliness long exists in immigration control when inborn British subjects like me visit the UK as a traveller. For example, BNO holders are not permitted to use an automated border gate
in Heathrow, but ironically Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders are allowed to walk through it
I am also treated as a foreigner when I have to clear border control with my UK passport waiting in the non-British/EU queue. What makes the difference between the Windrush generation and British nationals in Hong Kong is the Windrush people were invited to go to Britain to build the country while the British nationals born in Hong Kong, her last colony, were ruthlessly left behind in 1997 after 155 years of British rule.
Following the Windrush scandal, a global Britain after Brexit must call for ending the embarrassment by honouring the colonial legacy of decades of neglect of eligible British subjects and British nationals in Hong Kong.
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