Some members of the conservative party have decided to vote against having Huawei 5G networks within the UK considering the current coronavirus outbreak that originated within China.
Huawei being a Chinese brand was set to play a limited role in terms of 5G network operations within the UK as Prime Minister Boris Johnson had struck a deal with the company (prior to the coronavirus outbreak) that grants the company about 35% of market involvement.
However, amid the coronavirus outbreak certain conservative representative’s have chosen to vote against the involvement of Huawei 5G networks within the UK, in its entirety. The whole ordeal has sprung up questions of dependency by the UK on China’s technological and essential resources.
The Prime minister was against conservative representative’s sentiments to completely downsize Huawei’s 5G involvement to a zero market share back in January, however after the growing mistrust with regards to China’s suppression on whistle-blowing, specifically about the initial inception of the coronavirus, many government officials across the world have been reluctant to continue engaging with the country.
Government officials have not made any official statements confirming the news, however Sir Iain Duncan Smith made some remarks regarding the UK-China relationship stating that “This is very good news and I hope and believe it will be the start of a complete and thorough review of our dangerous dependency on China”.
These sentiments do allude to the potential end between UK-China relations as the coronavirus outbreak has contributed to an immense amount of tension between nations across the world and China.