Boris Johnson’s government has banned the purchase of new Huawei equipment by UK telecoms operators from the end of 2020. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said legislation would ensure the complete removal of all Huawei kit from 5G networks by 2027.
China experts have warned about the huge impact on diplomatic and economic relations with Beijing, predicting “pretty severe turbulence”. Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons defence committee said: “We are heading into a Cold War; there’s no doubt about it.”
Elsewhere, the head of the Met Police Federation said the government’s move to require the wearing of face masks mandatory in English shops from 24 July will be “impossible” to enforce. Labour questioned why there was a 11-day delay before the policy comes in.