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2. 法政匯思早在 2017 年9月18日已就一地兩檢提議發表我們的意見（詳見《有關高速鐵路香港段一地兩檢安排的陳述書》：https://goo.gl/pyLgNX）。該決定雖然引述了某些《基本法》條文，但皆為普遍性的條款，不可能提供法律基礎於任何香港地域以大陸法律取代《基本法》及香港法律。我們於以上意見批評一地兩檢安排為以法令統治的結論仍然成立。我們認為香港法律界有責任及時、而不是待事件發展至幾乎無法挽回時，才就重要的法律議題發表遲來的意見。
The Progressive Lawyers Group (“PLG”) responds as follows in relation to the decision made by the NPCSC on the “Co-Location” Arrangement on 27 December 2017 (“Decision”):
1. The PLG is in deep regret and outrage that the Decision reflects that the Hong Kong and Chinese Government have resorted to unlimited and unrestrained powers to twist the Basic Law at all costs. “One Country, Two Systems” is irreparably damaged.
2. As early as on 18 September 2017, the PLG had already issued our Submission on the Co-Location Arrangement (“Earlier Submission”) (available at: https://goo.gl/pyLgNX). Although the NPCSC referred to certain Articles of the Basic Law in its Decision, we note that these Articles are general and cannot provide any legal basis to support the application of PRC laws in any Hong Kong territory in replacement of the application of the Basic Law and Hong Kong laws. We stand by our conclusion in our Earlier Submission that the Co-Location Arrangement represents a rule by decree in Hong Kong. We believe that the legal profession in Hong Kong has the responsibility to provide its opinion to the public on important legal issues in Hong Kong in a timely fashion and not to idle until when the affairs have progressed to an irreversible state.
3. The PLG notes that various members of the legal profession, academics and groups (including the Hong Kong Bar Association) have recently proffered their opinion on the lack of legality of the Co-Location Arrangement. We hereby appeal to the Hong Kong and Chinese Government to exercise self-restraint and to stop before it is too late, such that the Decision will not become the last straw in the damage to “One Country, Two Systems”.
The Progressive Lawyers Group
29 December 2017