SEVEN Democrats walked out of a briefing to district board members on the Sino-British agreement on the Court of Final Appeal yesterday. Only about 40 of the 346 district board members invited to the Urban Council chambers turned up to listen to the Director of Administration, Richard Hoare. After Mr Hoare's opening statement, Democrat Andrew Cheng Kar-foo stood up and criticised Britain for accepting the China-appointed Preliminary Working Committee's (PWC) suggestions on the court but ignoring the Legislative Council. 'Now the British side recognises the PWC, and perhaps it will also recognise the provisional legislature [proposed by the PWC after China vowed to disband Legco in 1997],' he said. Mr Cheng reiterated the Democrats' opposition to the court agreement before the seven stormed out. Mr Hoare said: 'It's pity he didn't give me the opportunity to respond.'