Legco president rejects changing motion to debate Article 23

Local | 19 Nov 2018 7:22 pm

The Liberal Party has been caught in a bind after Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen rejected their bid to change the subject of their motion calling for an urgent debate on the implementation of Article 23 national security laws.

Leung said it is too late to change the subject now and the only way out for them is to withdraw their motion completely, RTHK reports.

The party had sought to change the subject, saying it no longer wants to discuss Article 23 as an urgent matter and wants to utilise the slot to raise problems Hong Kong is facing due to the Sino-US trade dispute.

The party said it feels this is more urgent.

On Friday, the party's honorary chairman James Tien Pei-chun had said the city should bring in the controversial laws as soon as possible, rebuking claims by the Chief Executive that it is not yet time to implement Article 23.

The party's leader Felix Chung Kwok-pan, who introduced the non-binding motion, denied that government pressure was the reason for them to drop the subject.

The pro-establishment leader said the move was just to encourage discussion on Article 23, but now they have simply changed their minds.

Chung said that is why they wanted to amend the topic and discuss the Sino-US trade dispute instead. This is more pressing and a topic that is worrying the businesses community, he said.

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