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Carrie Lam 'confident' rail motion will pass

2017-11-14 HKT 11:09
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The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says she's confident the government's non-binding motion on plans for the high-speed rail terminus will be passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

Pro-democracy lawmakers have been stalling debate so far, saying the plan to station mainland immigration and customs officers on Hong Kong soil is unconstitutional.

Ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lam reiterated that the arrangement for the West Kowloon Terminus is pragmatic and said it is supported by the majority of the public.

She urged opposition lawmakers to stop delaying the passage of the motion.

"Since the debate on the government motion has been completed, then we should proceed into the officials making their responses and then voting. So I'm pretty confident that the government motion should be voted on and hopefully passed in the coming Legislative Council meeting," Lam told reporters.

"With that we'll have good basis to commence the three-step process in leading to the commissioning of the high-speed rail by the third quarter of next year."