China`s parliament had previously passed a resolution authorizing the city`s executive to expel lawmakers who support Hong Kong independence, collusion with foreign forces or a threat to national security, without having to go to court. China disputes the practical effect of the declaration after the transfer of Hong Kong`s sovereignty, which said it was a “historical document that no longer had practical significance,” while the United Kingdom declared it a “legally valid treaty to which it felt obligated.”  He added: “All persons with BN (O) status are eligible, as are family members who usually reside in Hong Kong. The Ministry of the Interior will set up a simple and light application procedure. There will be no quota. PM denounces new security law and promises tailored visas for 2.9 million Hong Kongers Some political analysts have said it is urgent to reach an agreement, as there were fears that Hong Kong`s economy would collapse in the 1980s without a treaty. Concerns about land ownership in the new leased territories also contributed to the problem. Although discussions on Hong Kong`s future began in the late 1970s, the final date of the joint declaration was influenced by factual and economic factors rather than geopolitical imperatives.  Nandy also called for an investigation into the role of Chinese mobile technology company Huawei in the UK 5G network and in nuclear power. She expressed concern that the Treasury still sees Chinese investment as “a central pre-end of the British recovery, and the government`s approach remains deeply confused.” The surrender marked the end of British rule in Hong Kong, the last major overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although British Hong Kong did not, in the law passed by Parliament, have the status of pre-eminence over other British dependent territories (as they were then classified before the introduction of the term British Overseas Territory in 2002), Hong Kong was by far the most populous and economically strongest. In 1997, the colony had about 6.5 million inhabitants, which represented about 97% of the total population of the UK`s dependent regions at that time (the nearest, Bermuda, with a population of only 62,000 in 1997).