Boris Johnson Defeats Conservative Rebellion Over Huawei’s Role In 5G

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday halted the uprising of conservative deputies in a government decision to allow Huawei to play a role in the construction of Britain’s 5G telephone network.
Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, was caught in a clash between Washington and Beijing after the United States accused the company of spying on national secrets and being a security threat, complaints the company has denied.
Britain decided in January to allow Huawei to enter what the government called non-sensitive parts of the country’s 5G network, limiting its participation to 35%. What angered the United States.
Members of the US Senate have written to British parliamentarians to back the warnings of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The London Executive’s decision excludes “high risk providers” from the “core” of the 5G network, which will play a central role for multiple activities of daily life in the future society.
The government tried to placate the conservatives by saying that it would work to increase the supply of 5G telecommunications equipment so that operators did not have to use Huawei, but refused to commit to any schedule to veto the Chinese company. However, it was not enough and they put their plan to a vote.
The government, which has a majority of 80 seats, won by 24 votes.
The Minister of Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said the government “had heard loud and clear points made on all sides of the house.”
Conservative MP Bob Seely noted on his Twitter account that the group would continue to pursue his cause, describing the vote as “a strong first submission.”
The deputies against it wanted to amend the Telecommunications Infrastructure Law Project to ensure that companies named by British security experts as “high-risk vendors,” such as Huawei, were eliminated from the networks completely by the end of 2022.
The government said it did not want high-risk sellers to have any role, but in a market dominated by three players – Huawei itself, Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia – some network operators trusted the Chinese giant.
“We would like to get to the point where we don’t need any high-risk vendors,” digital minister Oliver Dowden told parliament.

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