These Hong Kongers aren’t clamoring for freer elections. Nor are they demanding outright independence. They want to transform Hong Kong back into British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state.
There is a movement – small, so far, but with big ambitions – that wants to “transform Hong Kong back into a British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state”:
“’Many Hong Kongers love Her Majesty very much!’ says Alice Lai, the leading face of the campaign. ‘Even now, we still call Her Majesty ‘The Boss.’'”
“Even in Hong Kong’s more rebellious circles, this idea will sound far-fetched. The city’s pro-democracy camps are mostly fixated on less radical goals, such as loosening Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong’s leadership.
“But the Hong Kong-United Kingdom Reunification Campaign, while extremely small, is quite serious.”
Will anything practical come of this? Tough to say! They have a rough row to hoe, and that uphill: as the article points out, such a move on the part of Britain “would nuke relations with China, a key trading partner, and baffle heads of state around the world.” But it also points out that “Wishing for an independent Hong Kong isn’t so rare. A recent poll shows that one in six Hong Kongers shares that unlikely dream.”
It also notes that the agreement that handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 came with “some major caveats. Both sides agreed that Hong Kong would enjoy a ‘high degree of autonomy,’ including a legal system with some basis in British common law.”
But as part of China’s overall flexing of muscles in recent years, they have been reneging on that promise, and “Reunification campaigners claim Beijing’s meddling is now so severe that it has actually voided the terms of the British handover.” Indeed, the article noted that “The former British foreign secretary has already declared that China breached the joint declaration.”
Still, I am not going to hold my breath, waiting for the UK to reassert its sovereignty over Hong Kong! But I have to admit, I’d love to see it…
[Note: The linked article was written in 2016. I do not know the current status of the Reunification Campaign. If I find out, I will update this post!]