The UK's original plans, as recently as in January, was to allow considerable involvement of Huawei in the country's 5G network as Britain's intelligence agencies suggested that any possible misuse of the Chinese telecom giant's equipment for mass surveillance could be contained, according to both The Guardian and The Telegraph.
The UK government has confirmed it is carrying out another review into the use of 5G equipment from Huawei in the country's networks.
Johnson has asked officials to make plans to reduce China's involvement in British infrastructure to zero by 2023, the newspaper reported late on Friday.
New US sanctions imposed on the firm outlaw any intellectual property from being used in the production of Huawei equipment - chips manufactured for use in Huawei products use US technology, but British spies warn future Chinese alternatives can not be trusted, scuppering plans to use the tech in 35 percent of Britain's new 5G network.
Huawei vice president Victor Zhang said the company remains committed to providing "reliable and secure" 5G networks in the UK.
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"Our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies keep Britain connected, which in this current health crisis has been more vital than ever".
He said: "It was obvious that it's becoming increasingly hard [for ministers] to get through legislation that would give a legal basis for Huawei to be in the advanced 5G network".
"Huawei is losing the battle to divide the Five Eyes allies, and this decision is a sensible and welcome step", they said. It is a "high risk" vendor in the UK's infrastructure.
Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said: "The change in United States regulations, refusing to sell Huawei the chips they require, means they will have to go to makers who can not be verified in the same way, which makes Huawei an even greater risk". Beijing denies allegations from world governments that it was not transparent about the outbreak. They plan to block the government's 35% cap on the company's inclusion.
Regardless of the security concerns being raised, Huawei has stood firm in its assertions that no cybersecurity risks are posed by using its 5G hardware, or any other technology for that matter.
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