The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the National Security Council this morning to discuss ending the Chinese tech firm’s role in building the new ultra fast 5G network.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was due to announce to the Commons a deadline for removing Huawei parts from the network — a mammoth task that experts say will take a decade to do thoroughly.
The volte-face, just six months after Huawei was given a 35 per cent share in the network, follows a Tory rebellion and pressure from Donald Trump and the Five Eyes intelligence allies, including Australia.
US sanctions to prevent Huawei using American technology in its chips then triggered a formal review by the National Cyber Security Centre. Former ISC chairman Dominic Grieve said the Government should have heeded pressure from its allies in the first place.
“The truth is that it was never going to fly. The outcome was entirely predictable,” he said.