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Huawei 5G indecision is hitting UK's relations abroad, warns committee

Natasha Lomas
Huawei 5G indecision is hitting UK's relations abroad, warns committee

The U.K.'s next prime minister must prioritize a decision on whether or not to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to be a 5G supplier, a parliamentary committee has urged -- warning that the country's international relations are being "seriously damaged" by ongoing delay. Earlier this week another parliamentary committee, which focuses on science and technology, concluded there is no technical reason to exclude Huawei as a 5G supplier, despite security concerns attached to the company's ties to the Chinese state, though it did recommend it be excluded from core 5G supply. The delay in the U.K. settling on a 5G-supplier policy can be linked not only to the complexities of trying to weigh and balance security considers with geopolitical pressures but also ongoing turmoil in domestic politics, following the 2016 EU referendum Brexit vote -- which continues to suck most of the political oxygen out of Westminster.