Donald Trump has taken credit for having “convinced” the UK and other countries not to use Huawei after Boris Johnson banned the Chinese firm from Britain’s 5G networks. China’s foreign ministry said Trump’s comments showed US political manipulation was behind the decision.
It comes as anti-Huawei Tory rebels vowed to “fight” for the earlier removal of the tech giant. Iain Duncan Smith also claimed it was “madness” to wait until 2027 for equipment to be stripped out – demanding the deadline be brought forward to 2025.
Matt Hancock denied that the government would make it mandatory for people to wear face masks in offices, following reports the rules for workplaces could follow shops. The health secretary said face coverings would have to be worn in shops in England for the “foreseeable future”.
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