BORIS Johnson plans to scale back Huawei’s controversial role in Britain’s 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it was claimed last night.
The Prime Minister has ordered officials to draw up plans that would see China’s involvement in the UK’s infrastructure scrapped by 2023, The Telegraph reported.
It comes ahead of his planned trip to the US for the G7 summit next month.
He has previously called for Britain to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on China for goods.
The trip could also see him ramp up trade talks with Donald Trump.
Last week, the President extended a US ban preventing Huawei from using Google apps.
The Chinese smartphone giant is now barred from using Android services until May 2021 under Trump’s executive order barring US firms from working with companies deemed a national security risk.
Republican senators are also trying to stop 48 fighters from going to Britain over fears Huawei is building the country’s 5G network.
In March, the government faced its first Commons rebellion over the Chinese telecoms giant’s involvement.
A powerful group of senior Conservative backbenchers demanded the PM sets a time limit to remove its equipment from the network within three years, by the end of 2022.
But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden refused the demand during a tense meeting with rebels, lead by ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.#
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In January, US security chiefs handed the UK new intelligence on Huawei in a bid to deter them from the mobile giant.
They insisted that allowing the Chinese firm near our 5G network is “madness”.
It came as Boris Johnson was on the verge of green-lighting parts supplied by Huawei to help build the new mobile phone network.
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