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US vice president Mike Pence indicates Huawei decision could jeopardise UK trade talks
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02/08/2020 08:17 AM
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Boris Johnson’s decision to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei a role in Britain’s 5G network could threaten a post Brexit trade deal between the UK and America, US vice president Mike Pence has indicated.
The comments came after it was reported that US President Donald Trump blasted the Prime Minister with “apoplectic” rage during a heated phone call regarding the 5G move.
Pressed on whether the Huawei decision could be a deal breaker in Brexit trade talks, Mr Pence told CNBC: “We’ll see. We’ll see if it is.”
Referring to the UK move to allow Huawei limited participation in the 5G rollout, Mr Pence said: “We are profoundly disappointed because look, when I went at the president’s direction in September I met with Prime Minister Johnson and I told him the moment the UK is out of Brexit we were willing to begin to negotiate a free trade arrangement with the UK.
“But we just don’t believe that utilising the assets, the technology of Huawei is consistent with the security or privacy interests of the UK, of the United States and it remains a real issue between our two countries.”
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