17:12 GMT06 August 2020
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    Britain's National Security Council is set to meet later in the day to discuss the future of Huawei in the United Kingdom. The UK is expected to ban the tech giant from its 5G telecom networks.

    The head of the board of directors for Huawei's UK operation John Browne has resigned, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.

    "When Lord Browne became chairman of Huawei UK's board of directors in 2015, he brought with him a wealth of experience which has proved vital in ensuring Huawei's commitment to corporate governance in the UK. He has been central to our commitment here dating back 20 years, and we thank him for his valuable contribution", the spokesperson stated.

    The former BP chairman handed in his resignation this week, according to Sky News. He will leave in September, six months before his term had been due to end.

    The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) revised its guidance to the government regarding Huawei’s participation in the country’s 5G network after Washington slapped further sanctions on the company in a bid to curb its access to semiconductors manufactured with US equipment.

    The government subsequently started to weigh a ban on using Huawei 5G technology, despite previously giving the green light to the tech giant to build some of the UK's next-gen infrastructure.

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