Bar Assoc sheds no light on legality of XRL plan - RTHK
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Bar Assoc sheds no light on legality of XRL plan

2017-10-19 HKT 12:54
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  • The Bar Association says it will make its views known on immigration arrangements for the West Kowloon Station only if and when it's appropriate. Photo: RTHK
    The Bar Association says it will make its views known on immigration arrangements for the West Kowloon Station only if and when it's appropriate. Photo: RTHK
The Bar Association on Thursday made an official statement on the government's plan to give the mainland control over part of the future West Kowloon railway station, but failed to take much of a stance.

The idea of allowing mainland agents to enforce national laws at the high-speed rail terminus has provoked widespread concern among some sectors of society, with the pan-democrats adamant that such a move would breach the Basic Law.

The controversial plan was announced back in July, but the association of barristers waited until now to issue its three-paragraph statement.

The association urged the government to keep the public "timeously" informed of the details of the process for implementing the immigration arrangements plan in order "to facilitate a proper, constructive and rational discussion on the legal and constitutional issues involved."

It also said it is monitoring developments closely and will publish its views if and when appropriate.

The government has said that since the mainland-controlled parts of the railway station won't be regarded as being Hong Kong territory, Basic Law articles that bar mainland officials from carrying out their duties in the SAR will not apply.