1. Acts of Parliament which were in force in Hong Kong on 30 June 1997 and which lapsed on the coming into force of the Basic Law still have an effect on the common law to the extent to which, if any, they took away some aspect of it.
2. If you're a writer and you're looking to take away some aspect of yourself that doesn't work, or doesn't have good relationships, this may not be the book to read; look instead to joining the world around you, instead of holding yourself aloof."
What does take away some aspect of mean in the above two sentences?
1. It means some aspects of the old British law linger in the operation and expectations that people have under the new Chinese regime.
2. It refers to some aspect of one's character or personality that a person would rather be changed or removed.