The government is reportedly close to performing a u-turn on its decision to allow Huawei technology in the UK's 5G network.
Boris Johnson initially announced that Huawei could be used in "non-core" parts of the network, going against US demands to ban the Chinese vendor entirely.
But a new report from the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) says that US sanctions against the vendor mean it will now have to use "untrusted technology" in its solutions, Bloomberg reported.
In May the US recently imposed new sanctions on the vendor by restricting its ability to use US technology.
Bloomberg added that the UK "phase-out" of Huawei's tech could start this year.
Huawei has always denied it poses a risk to national security because of ties to the Chinese government, despite repeated accusations from the US.
Huawei UK's head of international media launched a staunch defence of the vendor on Twitter, accusing the UK of allowing its policies to be dictated by Donald Trump.
"UK policy is being dictated by Trump administration. European Parliament replaced by White House?" He said.
1/6 Important, in my view, to underline what's going on here:— Paul Harrison (@HarrisonComms) July 5, 2020
• USA has no major global stake in 5G
• Get one: supress Huawei chip supply
• This forces UK Gov to assess impact
= UK policy is being dictated by Trump administration. European Parliament replaced by White House? pic.twitter.com/pVmTV2Hwxb
The reports come soon after Huawei announced a £1bn investment in a new manufacturing facility in Cambridge.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the Today Programme that the government is currently "understanding the implications" of the new NCSC report, the BBC reported.
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