In view of the agreement that ended trade relations with the European Union, the British government’s decisions to include part of the 5G network service, implemented by Huawei Technologies, led Prime Minister Boris Johnson party to question the measures, arguing the potential danger of espionage involving the service.
According to an opinion column by Fox Business, the British government said it would not ban Huawei’s technology and equipment from the system, although it said it would keep the company away from the most sensitive parts of the network.
The decision will have to be agreed with Parliament, where members of the Conservative party could push for a vote so that greater restrictions are implemented on the Chinese technology company.
The Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, warned about the dangers of Huawei in the middle of a meeting with the National Security Council. Wallace even described Beijing as a “friend of no one.”
Secretary of Culture Nicky Morgan, showed himself to be in favor of the government’s decisions, indicating that the Cabinet was attentive to the implications of the relationship with Huawei, qualifying the company as a “high-risk vendor” with links to the Chinese regime, according to The Guardian.
The culture secretary said Britain’s security services had previously established business dealings with Huawei after implementing the 4G network for years, arguing that it does “not present the security challenge that others are worried about.”
As The Guardian points out, Huawei’s share of the UK market this time around would be limited to 35 percent for each of the country’s four telephone operators, and it would also be banned from service in the network’s telecommunication exchanges, as well as other sensitive sites such as nuclear and military installations.
The White House expressed “disappointment” with the measures being taken by the British government after insisting weeks ago that Britain should avoid the Chinese company.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is scheduled to meet with Boris Johnson on Wednesday, Jan. 30, had previously said, “Only nations able to protect their data will be sovereign.”
The UK’s decision will be closely watched by Europe and in more detail by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, is also amid discussions over whether to give business support to Huawei or address her party’s objections in the German Parliament, according to the South China Morning Post.
Britain is part of the English-speaking security alliance known as the Five Eyes, which also includes the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The other four said they would ban Huawei’s interference for fear that Huawei has close ties to Chinese intelligence agencies, according to South China Morning Post.
As Jay Carafano indicated in the Fox News column, different security experts around the world have warned about “the potential security risks of giving a foreign power potentially full access to the systems that run the country and data concerning every citizen.”
Amid the so-called trade war between the United States and China, the communist country was accused of unethical practices when it was pointed out that it stole the intellectual property of private sector companies, perpetrating massive data breaches of commercial and government systems.