Declassified files: UK warned in 1989 it would be ‘impotent’ if Hong Kong deal breached after handover

The UK government was warned in 1989 that after the handover it would be “impotent” and “without remedy” if China breached the then-recently-signed Joint Declaration on Hong Kong’s future, declassified documents have shown. The prophetic letter from then-MP Jim Sillars, the Scottish National Party’s deputy leader in 1989, was sent to then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher on May 12. […]