(RightWingAmericans.com)- After initially refusing to follow the footstep of the United States and ban Chinese involvement in the development of national 5G infrastructure, the British government has changed course and is banning the addition of new equipment from Huawei. Oliver Dowden, the UK government’s Digital Secretary, confirmed this week that all new Huawei components are banned and existing Huawei components must be removed from the UK’s infrastructure before 2027.
The decision came after the Five Eyes alliance warned that there were heightened security risks for the United Kingdom as a result of using Huawei, which is “effectively state-owned.”
Speaking to the House of Commons on Tuesday, Dowden told Members of Parliament that the UK would be accepting the advice and following in the footsteps of the United States after the Trump administration barred the sale of American components to Huawei over security issues. It’s a huge backtrack for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said back in January that limited involvement of the Chinese would be acceptable.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” Dowden said.
A full review was conducted on the matter by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, under the control of GCHQ, the country’s intelligence operations. The review rules that Huawei components would compromise the security of the United Kingdom.
However, some have criticized the decision for not going far enough. In the United Kingdom, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, Nigel Farage, is a significant player in national politics despite not being an elected representative. Now the leader of the Brexit Party, Farage said that the decision is a “partial victory,” saying the UK “cannot wait until 2027 for removal of the kit.”
Some Conservative Party MPs might even rebel against the government on the proposal when it goes to a vote in the Commons. The Guardian reported that as many as 60 of the Prime Minister’s MPs might call for the removal of the equipment over the next 12 months, and not just by 2027.