China has passed the new controversial national security law for Hong Kong, meaning the territory will return to the way of life before it became a British colony.
The former British colony was returned back to China 23-years ago, and on Tuesday the new law was unanimously passed by the Chinese parliament.
The new legislation in Hong Kong will be used to target protestors and anyone who opposes Beijing, which will see very harsh prison sentences.
China’s security services will now be allowed to operate in Hong Kong, it is feared, under the new law.
According to Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the Global Times newspaper, the stiffest penalty will be life imprisonment.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We are deeply concerned by unconfirmed reports that Beijing has passed the national security law. This would be a grave step.
“Once we have seen the full legislation, will make a further statement.”