The debate on the national security and investment bill, which the Conservatives were preparing to amend to force Johnson to lay hands on Huawei, has now been postponed until the summer, amid fears of ‘a major rebellion. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who plays a leading role in the 59-member Huawei Conservative Interest Group, said: “Unless the government really takes the lead, it will find that Parliament is a spectacular leader. ”
Whitehall sources said the NCSC report should mark a “fundamental change” from its previous assurances that led Johnson to give Huawei a market share in the 5G network of up to 35%. It is now believed that its assessment of the potential risks to the United Kingdom is much closer to that of the security agencies in the United States.
Trump’s administration has classified Huawei as a threat to national security amid claims that the company has “close ties to the Chinese government and the military.” Huawei said the decision was based on “incorrect innuendos and assumptions”.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is expected to provide Mr. Johnson with official advice, including the new NCSC assessment, this week.
The prime minister is expected to then call a meeting of the National Security Council to finalize a new strategy before announcing the measures in parliament later this month.
A Huawei spokesperson said, “Huawei is the most reviewed supplier in the world and we firmly believe that our unparalleled transparency in the UK means we can continue to have confidence to play a role in the gigabit upgrade in Great Britain. It is important to focus on the facts and not to speculate for the moment. “