Journey of the Australian Intelligence and Security Committee to the UK is canceled after queue of leaked reports critical of Boris Johnson’s decision to admit Huawei to Britain’s 5G network
- An Australian parliamentary trip to the UK has been canceled amidst alleged queue
- Parliament’s intelligence and security committee would visit at the end of March
- The visit was canceled after an angry letter from the UK High Commissioner
- Letter was about leaking conversations with the British Foreign Minister
- Great Britain went against US advice and allowed Huawei to be part of the 5G network
A trip to the UK by Australian MPs was canceled after Boris Johnson decided to allow the Chinese telco Huawei to be part of the country’s 5G network.
An Australian parliamentary trip to the UK was canceled after Boris Johnson decided to allow Huawei to be part of the country’s 5G network
The Australian Parliament’s intelligence and security committee is due to arrive at the end of March and will meet in the first week of April with the lower house intelligence committee, British security agencies and other national security figures.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the visit was abruptly canceled after an angry letter.
British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell wrote two Australian MPs to ask for an explanation for the leaked talks with British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, the ABC reported last week.
Mr Raab met the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security and the Foreign Affairs Committee during a visit aimed at closer ties in the post-Brexit era in the UK.
It is reported that the British High Commissioner is angry that these talks have been leaked to the media, showing that Australian MPs had criticized the UK for allowing Huawei into its 5G network.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab (L) and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne pose for photos prior to a bilateral meeting at the Parliament House on 6 February in Canberra
Labor MP Anthony Byrne reportedly criticized Mr. Raab in private conversations.
Australia and other countries have blocked Huawei amid security fears.
Mr. Raab’s visit came after Britain – one of Australia’s five-eyed allies – ignored the United States warning about banning Huawei from the 5G network.
Last week it was claimed that President Donald Trump was “apoplectic” with Mr. Johnson following the decision to approve a deal with Huawei.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg reported on Saturday a spit between the UK and Australia.
“Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison work very effectively together,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
He said that Australia and the UK have a strong economic and strategic partnership.
“And it is a partnership that will be further solidified with a free trade agreement that we are both working on.”
Australia and other countries have blocked Huawei amid security fears