Senior MPs today called for Britain to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from working on the 5G mobile internet upgrade amid fears of cyber espionage.
Julian Lewis and Bob Seely urged the government to follow its Five Eyes intelligence partners Australia and New Zealand and stop the firm from working on critical infrastructure projects.
Huawei is one of the companies which has developed the 5G technology, but there are fears it could be used by China to hack into companies and even spy on Britons.
Dr Lewis, Tory MP and chairman of the defence select committee, said ministers were warned of the dangers of Huawei a decade ago and there is ‘no excuse’ for ignoring them.
He told MailOnline: ‘What we have to remember is despite their protestations of independence, there is no such thing as an independent enterprise under a Communist regime.
‘And until such time as China ceases to be