Co-location arrangements for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link involve complex legal issues and practical operational issues that require further consideration.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen told lawmakers today the Government is studying the issues and discussing them with Mainland authorities.
Specific matters such as whether to conduct immigration clearance for travellers in train compartments, whether to allow Mainland personnel to enforce Mainland laws within a specified area at the West Kowloon Terminus, and whether there is a need for inclusion of Mainland laws into Annex III of the Basic Law are all within the scope of study, he said.
As both sides need to further examine the legal and operational issues involved, they have agreed to discuss the matter again early next year.
Mr Yuen said he understands the community has concerns over the implementation of the co-location arrangements, including whether it will impact the “one country, two systems” principle.
He said both Hong Kong and Mainland authorities attach great importance to the need to ensure future co-location arrangements comply with the Basic Law and the “one country, two systems” principle.
He urged people to adopt an objective and pragmatic attitude and focus on legal and operational issues, adding the arrangements can be implemented properly under the framework of the Basic Law.
Further co-location study needed for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.