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