- Leading Republicans in Washington have criticised the government’s decision. Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said it amounted to a “major defeat” for the US. (See 12.38pm.) Tom Cotton, a Republican senator, described the decision as like allowing the KGB to build the UK’s telephone network during the cold war. (See 3.29pm.) Administration officials said they were “disappointed” by the move. (See 1.52pm.) But President Trump has not yet commented on it personally. He has been tweeting today, but not on this.
- Sir Keir Starmer, the favourite in the Labour leadership contest, has said that if the SNP wins next year’s Holyrood elections, they will have a mandate to hold a second independence referendum. He was speaking on a visit to the Scottish parliament where he also said:
What I want to do is to make the case going into that election that actually neither the status quo nor independence is the right way forward. And what we need is – whether you call it federalism or much more meaningful devolution – a different constitutional settlement. That’s the argument I want to make. I’m here to discuss that with colleagues.
That’s all from me for today.
Thanks for the comments.
Mark Warner, the US senator and the ranking Democrat on the senate intelligence committee, has put out this statement about the UK’s Huawei/5G decision.
While I am disappointed by the UK’s decision to continue allowing insecure vendors like Huawei into their network, the United States remains committed to working with the UK and other key allies to build more diverse and secure telecommunication options that provide competitive alternatives to Huawei. Working together must be our priority in the coming months.
From my colleague Dan Sabbagh
From my colleague Heather Stewart
Jonathan Djanogly, a Conservative, says if there is a security breach, Huawei should have to pay the cost of having its own equipment replaced.
Raab says that in those circumstances a criminal offence would have been committed, not just a breach of contract.
Richard Drax, a Conservative, says he is “baffled” by this decision. He says he does not think there is a distinction between core and periphery in 5G.
Raab says he does not agree. He says there is a difference.
(That is what the National Cyber Security Centre says too. See 2.58pm.)
Raab says there was a risk that banning Huawei could trigger trade retaliation. But that is not why this decision was taken, he says.
Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative, says he does not necessarily welcome the decision, but he understands it. He says the government should set up a review to see what lessons can be learnt.
Raab says this has been a failure of government, and of Western governments. He says the government has set out plans to ensure that it does not find itself in this position again.
President Trump has sent out his first tweets of the day. But he is not saying anything about Huawei (so far). Instead he is complaining about Fox News being biased against him …
Crispin Blunt, another Tory former chair of the foreign affairs committee, says the intelligence and security committee should consider this issue. And he says the government should tell the Chinese they expect reciprocity.
Raab says that is an important point about the relationship with China.
Tom Tugendhat, the Tory MP who chaired the foreign affairs committee in the last parliament, asks if the 35% cap covers the new market, or the existing market.
Raab says the government papers explain how the 35% cap works. It is roughly equivalent to existing market share, he says.
Labour’s Barry Sheerman says there are businesses who think their intellectual property is being stolen by the Chinese every time they put it on the internet.
Bob Seely, a Conservative, asks for an assurance that MPs will be able to debate on what constitutes a high-risk vendor. And he says non trusted vendors should be built out of the system.
Raab says there is already a definition of a high-risk vendor.