According to BBC News, a team from the Chinese government has been forbidden from attending the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II.
According to Politico, House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle turned down a request for access to Westminster Hall because of Chinese penalties against five MPs and two peers.
There, Queen Elizabeth will remain in repose until her funeral on Monday.
According to the BBC, the House of Commons declines to comment on security-related issues.
Nine Britons, including seven lawmakers, were subjected to travel restrictions and asset freezes by China last year after they complained about Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.
Due to that, Parliament was closed to the ambassador of China to the UK. This ban has since been extended to a group of people who wanted to pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state.
This prohibition is unlikely to improve the already tense relations between the UK and China.
China’s vice president is anticipated to attend Monday’s state funeral, which will take place at Westminster Abbey, across the street from Parliament.
The Lord Great Chamberlain, who is chosen by the monarch, and the speakers of the Commons and the Lords would share the authority of Westminster Hall, according to the parliamentary rulebook Erskine May, which states that Queen Elizabeth II agreed to this arrangement in 1965.
Although there is no mention of access restrictions for events like lying-in-states, all three parties “ordinarily” agree to give invitations to foreign dignitaries to speak to both Houses in Westminster Hall.
The Chinese ambassador to the UK was informed by Sir Lindsay and Lord’s Speaker Lord McFall in September that he could not visit Parliament due to Beijing’s sanctions.
The Chinese government at the time criticized the ban as “despicable and cowardly”
Seven MPs and Lords, including former Tory ministers Tim Loughton and Iain Duncan Smith, requested the Foreign Secretary to revoke President Xi of China’s invitation to attend the Queen’s burial on Thursday.
Given its record on human rights, they claimed that having the Chinese government represented would be “wholly inappropriate”
“You cannot have a Golden Age, normal relations, with a country that has now been exposed as committing the sorts of atrocities it has, not least the genocide against the Uighurs, the oppression going on in Tibet for the last 60/70 years, and now what we see going on in Hong Kong as well.” Mr. Laughton told BBC News.
Following charges of rights violations against the primarily Muslim Uighur minority community, some Western nations have imposed penalties on Chinese leaders.
In Xinjiang’s northwest, China has jailed Uighurs in camps where there have been reports of sexual abuse, forced labor, and torture.
It has refuted the abuse claims, asserting that the camps are “re-education” centers used to fight terrorism.
The state funeral’s guest list includes China’s President Xi Jinping, who is not anticipated to attend.
Instead, Vice President Wang Qishan is anticipated to represent the nation, according to British authorities.
It is customary for nations with which the UK has diplomatic ties to be invited to state funerals, according to a Downing Street official.