Chinese spies are trying to exploit a new visa scheme designed to help Hong Kong residents come to Britain.
There have been 34,000 applications for the British National Overseas visa since it was introduced in January, and Government sources said Chinese agents were among them.
‘There are stringent background checks for the applicants – and they’re in place for a reason. The vetting process for the BNO visa scheme is much more thorough than any other’ an unnamed source told the Times.
Lord Patten, who was the last governor of Hong Kong before it was handed over to China, said ‘we should get real about this’ and called fear around the Chinese Communist Party looking to exploit the system ‘entirely justified’.