Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network following a rebellion by backbench Tory MPs and intense US pressure. Ahead of the big announcement at lunchtime, Lord Browne has said he is stepping down as the Chinese tech giant’s UK chairman.
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.
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