Tories Want to Defy Boris Johnson's Decision on Huawei's Involvement in UK's 5G Network

By Shabana Arif on at

The UK's final decision on Huawei's involvement in its 5G infrastructure was made this week with a unanimous decision from the government following a national security council meeting, but some Tories aren't happy.

Despite threats from the US that it would pull back on the intelligence sharing front if the UK continued to have dealing with Huawei, we still told them to piss off. The country will continue to do business with the Chinese tech giant, but it won't be allowed to provide 5G kit for the "security critical" core network. There are also a few caveats in place on such "high risk" vendors, including a market share cap of 35 per cent.

This doesn't seem to be good enough for some people in the Conservative Party, with former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith whinging about it on BBC's Newsnight:

“We want to see modifications and changes made. We want to see commitment to actually getting Huawei out of the system over a period of time. They’ve got more to do.”

Last year, health secretary Matt Hancock said pretty much the same thing, pushing for home-grown alternatives to Huawei, but stressing the UK would need to sort that out before doing anything drastic. Defence secretary, Ben Wallace, doesn't sound happy about the decision either, saying China is a “friend of no one”.

If the rumblings amongst the Tories are to come to anything, at least 40 of them would need to come together to challenge the PM. [The Guardian]