Boris Johnson is on the verge of relegation over his decision to allow Huawei to build the UK 5G network due to new security concerns
- The climb takes place after a growing rebellion on the Tory back benches
- The UK is currently planning to use the Huawei kit in 35 percent of the UK's 5G network
- The company's connection to the Chinese government has raised concerns from spy agencies
- The United States has excluded American intellectual property from using Huawei devices
Boris Johnson will reassess his decision to allow controversial Chinese technology giant Huawei to build more than a third of Britain's superfast 5G broadband network, with renewed concern from spy agencies.
The climb follows a growing rebellion on the Tory backbenches, with Downing Street privately admitting that despite their vast majority, they can't get the plan through the Commons.
New U.S. sanctions against the company, which is closely associated with the Chinese Communist Party, ban all American intellectual property for the manufacture of Huawei devices, leading to new security concerns.
Chips currently manufactured for use in Huawei products use American technology, and British spies have warned No. 10 that future Chinese alternatives cannot be trusted, and plans to use their kit in 35 percent of the new British 5G Network discarded.
A Whitehall source said, "We believe that the new sanctions that the United States has imposed on Huawei basically mean that no U.S. intellectual property can be used to make Huawei chips."
“That means the parts of the kit they get from Taiwan and elsewhere that we think are full of good US stuff will be cut off from them in the fall. Instead, you will likely turn to cheaper, less safe local products. We can hardly say that it is safe enough to use in 5G. It completely changes the calculation. "
Pictured: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds 10 Downing Street during the Clap for Carers campaign to support the NHS
Last Tuesday, Mr. Johnson held a rare session of his National Security Council – the first since February – to discuss the UK supply chain's dependence on foreign countries in the face of a growing backlash against the Chinese government.
In March, The Mail announced on Sunday that Downing Street believed that China would face "settlement" because of the Covid 19 outbreak. A large number of conservative MPs now openly called for a reset in relations with Beijing.
Huawei, which has been accused of espionage by the United States and is under pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, was granted permission by Mr. Johnson in January to supply devices for the "non-core" elements of a future broadband infrastructure. However, the decision requires the approval of Parliament. The growing rebellion against Huawei, which unites both wings of the Conservative Party, has been exacerbated by the consequences of Covid-19 and China's initial handling of the pandemic outbreak.
Pictured: Huawei employees wear face masks at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province
There was also an international outcry over Mr. Johnson's decision when Donald Trump threatened to ban Britain's exchange of information if they let the company in. Last night, source # 10 said, “The world is a very different place from January, and the Prime Minister knows we have to look at it again. & # 39;
Huawei has struck back and argued that a U-turn would make no sense. Vice President Victor Zhang said: “As a privately owned, 100% employee-owned company that has been in the UK for 20 years, our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies keep the UK connected, which is more important than ever in this health crisis. & # 39;
But rethinking No. 10 inspired Tory's deputies. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that an ongoing relationship with Huawei would be "extremely problematic" because the company is "actually owned by the Chinese Communist Party."
Patten leads the protest in Hong Kong
A number of British politicians have signed an international statement calling for a harsher global stance against China's threat to pass new laws against Hong Kong residents.
Under the leadership of former Hong Kong governor Lord Patten and former foreign minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind, 194 parliamentarians in 23 countries have declared that Hong Kong's independent status "hangs on a thread".
The globally coordinated statement said: “We are writing to express serious concerns about Beijing's unilateral introduction of national security laws in Hong Kong.
This is a widespread attack on the city's autonomy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The integrity of one-country-two systems depends on one thread …
"Sympathetic governments must band together to say that this overt breach of the Sino-British joint statement cannot be tolerated."
Lord Patten said, “The statement shows growing and widespread international outrage at the Chinese government's decision to unilaterally enforce national security laws in Hong Kong. The breadth of support that spans all political parties and four continents reflects both the severity of the situation and the continuing unified international support for the principle of one country and two systems. "
Sir Malcolm told MoS: "The people of Hong Kong need and deserve our support."