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Rail terminus deal likely on Saturday: sources

2017-11-17 HKT 14:27
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  • The government is expected to sign the checkpoint arrangements deal with Beijing over the weekend. File photo: RTHK
    The government is expected to sign the checkpoint arrangements deal with Beijing over the weekend. File photo: RTHK
The SAR government could sign an agreement with Beijing on locating both Hong Kong and mainland checkpoints for the high-speed rail line in West Kowloon by Saturday, sources have told RTHK.

This will be the first step in the government's plan to "lease" part of the future rail terminus for mainland immigration officers to operate in.

The proposal will then have to gain the endorsement from the National People's Congress Standing Committee and trigger a local legislative process before it can be put in place.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam was expected to sign the deal with mainland officials at the government's headquarters in Tamar on Saturday morning.

The controversial proposal was passed as a non-binding motion by the Legislative Council earlier in the week, despite delay tactics by pro-democracy lawmakers.

The opposition lawmakers say that the arrangements breach the "One Country, Two Systems" principle and the Basic Law.

The government is trying to get the cross-border high-speed rail service to start operating next summer.