Government officials have recommended Chinese tech titan Huawei be granted a “limited role” in Britain’s 5G network.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said work on “the issue of high-risk vendors in the 5G network remains ongoing and when it is completed it will be announced to parliament”.
The decision flies in the face of America calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to completely ban Huawei from the UK 5G plans.
However, the green light came after a meeting of officials from senior government departments and the security services.
Next week the UK’s National Security Council will decide how and what Huawei can be allowed to do.
It’s likely Huawei will be kept away from sensitive and “data heavy” parts of the proposed new network.
US officials have told Britain that using Huawei technology was “nothing short of madness”.
The stark warning came after Britain’s MI5 chief said there was “no reason to think” the tech company would compromise security.
Last week a delegation of Washington officials met British ministers to air their concerns about Huawei.
They presented “new evidence” that the company posed a threat to security.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May gave Huawei a partial nod to help set-up the infrastructure.
But the decision has been on hold since Mr Johnson won the general election last December.
America believes Huawei uses its equipment to spy on people and countries.
However, it has supplied no evidence to support the claim.
And Huawei strongly denied the allegation.
America and Australia have already stopped Huawei building its country’s 5G networks.
It’s feared Britain’s refusal to follow step could strain the “special relationship” between the UK and America.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also looking towards the US for a strong trade deal after Brexit.
Also, refusing Huawei could damage East-West links for the UK.