"The current nomination process and resulting appointment are a stark departure from the aim of universal suffrage and further erode the ability of Hong Kongers to be legitimately represented," a joint G7 statement published on the British government website said.

“We are deeply concerned about this steady erosion of political and civil rights and Hong Kong’s autonomy.” the statement wrote.

They call on China “to act in accordance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its other legal obligations” and urge the new Chief Executive “to respect protected rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, as provided for in the Basic Law, and ensure the court system upholds the rule of law.”