Beijing's ruling on a Hong Kong legal case concerning pro-independence politicians is "the beginning of the end" for the city, according to one local lawmaker.
China is rewriting the city's laws, not interpreting them, Claudia Moh, legislator from the Civic Party of Hong Kong, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday.
In Beijing's most significant form of legal intervention since Hong Kong's sovereignty was transferred from the U.K. to China in 1997, the mainland's parliament declared on Monday that politicians entering Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) must swear allegiance to the city as part of China.
The ruling also banned two elected LegCo lawmakers, who insulted Beijing during their October 12 swearing-in ceremony, from office. Last month, Sixtus Leung Chung-hang, 30, and Yau Wai-ching, 25, had pledged allegiance to "the Hong Kong nation" and held a banner saying "Hong Kong is not China" during their oaths, ignoring the pledge's original wording.
Hong Kong began a judicial review on Thursday to decide whether the pair can retake their oaths, but China's decision on Monday will now override the local court, with the territory's Chief Executive CY Leung declaring that he would "fully implement" China's interpretation.
While Moh acknowledged that Leung and Yau's oath antics were "juvenile," she believed the duo still deserved a second chance to retake the oaths.