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Theresa May Appoints Sajid Javid as UK Home Secretary

Following Javid's promotion, the Downing Street also announced that former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will return to the cabinet as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary.

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In a Tuesday radio interview International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said it was not acceptable for the unelected House of Lords to try to block the democratic will of the British people, who voted by a 52-48 margin in June, 2016 to leave the EU.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday named Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, the new Home Secretary following Amber Rudd’s resignation for “inadvertently misleading” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.

Javid, whose family came to the UK in the 1960s, is currently Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary, reports the BBC. He is also the first member of an ethnic minority to hold the position.

The 48-year-old former investment banker and MP for Bromsgrove had also served as the Business and Culture Secretaries.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday named Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, the new Home Secretary following Amber Rudd's resignation for "inadvertently misleading" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.
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“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department,” the Downing Street said.

Rudd handed her resignation papers to May on Sunday night. Her exit followed weeks of revelations about the treatment of “Windrush generation” of Caribbean immigrants, who settled legally in post-war Britain but whose right-to-remain has been questioned, and controversy over the government’s “hostile environment” immigration policy.

Following Javid’s promotion, the Downing Street also announced that former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will return to the cabinet as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary.

Javid, who first entered Parliament in 2010 and supported remaining in the European Union despite being regarded as a Eurosceptic, led the government’s response to last year’s Grenfell fire disaster.

Over the weekend, he told the Sunday Telegraph the Windrush scandal felt “very personal”.

“I’m a second-generation migrant. My parents came to this country from Pakistan just like the Windrush generation.

“They came to this country after the Second World War to help rebuild it… My dad worked in a cotton mill, he worked as a bus driver.

“When I heard about the Windrush issue, I thought that could’ve been my mum, dad, uncle or me.”

Rudd’s resignation after the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to May, Rudd had told the Prime Minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10 per cent, seemingly at odds with her denials that she was aware of deportation targets.

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She was due to appear in the House of Commons on Monday to explain the revelation.

Speculation about her future had swirled on April 27, as the Home Office and Downing Street failed to respond to claims that she was aware of targets for removing illegal migrants from Britain.

On April 26, May had apologised to the UK’s black community in a letter she sent to the national Afro-Caribbean daily, The Voice, saying: “We have let you down and I am deeply sorry. But apologies alone are not good enough. We must urgently right this historic wrong.” (IANS)

 

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British PM Theresa May Under Pressure to Reverse Huawei Decision

They fear giving Huawei even a limited role in developing the country's fifth-generation wireless network risks imperiling Britain's participation in the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing arrangement

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves church near High Wycombe, April 28, 2019. May is under pressure to reverse a decision to allow the Chinese technology giant Huawei a role in building parts of Britain's 5G mobile network. VOA

British Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged by members of her own party and senior intelligence officials to reverse a provisional decision to allow the Chinese technology giant Huawei a role in building parts of Britain’s 5G mobile network.

They fear giving Huawei even a limited role in developing the country’s fifth-generation wireless network risks imperiling Britain’s participation in the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing arrangement, the U.S.-led Anglophone intelligence pact linking Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain.

The lobbying for a reversal of the decision is likely to intensify following the publication this week of a report co-authored by a Conservative lawmaker and a former British security adviser that argues, despite Beijing denials, that Huawei is ultimately owned by an entity answerable to the “Chinese party-state apparatus.”

The report by the London-based Henry Jackson Society says allowing the company access to Britain’s next-generation mobile-phone network would compromise security. According to the report, Huawei is 99 percent owned by the Huawei Investment and Holding Trade Union Committee, part of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, a state body.

Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have urged all Western allies to shun Huawei on security grounds, fearing the Chinese telecoms giant will act as a Trojan horse for China’s espionage agencies, allowing them to sweep up data and gather intelligence.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Feb. 1, 2019. VOA

In February, Pompeo warned, “If a country adopts this [Huawei] and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them.” A U.S. State Department has been sent from Washington to brief British ministers Monday in more detail about American security concerns.

Last week, it emerged from leaks that Prime Minister May had decided during a meeting of the country’s National Security Council to allow Huawei to build some so-called “non-core” parts of Britain’s 5G data network. Her decision came despite the disapproval of some intelligence chiefs and the country’s defense and foreign secretaries, Gavin Williamson and Jeremy Hunt, who both fear serious impact on Anglo-American relations.

U.S. warnings

The U.S. National Security Agency has warned that approving Huawei’s involvement risks handing China a “loaded gun.” A White House official told VOA the issue will likely be raised during U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain in June.

Australia and New Zealand have decided to block or heavily restrict Huawei’s involvement in the development of their 5G networks. Huawei denies being controlled by the Chinese government and says its equipment can’t be used for espionage purposes. And the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, said Sunday the company has a “good track record” on security.

He argued in an article written for Britain’s Sunday Telegraph that any blocking of Huawei would be discriminatory and protectionist. “The last thing China expects from a truly open and fair ‘global Britain’ is a playing field that is not level,” he wrote. The envoy urged Britain to ignore U.S. warnings.

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FILE – People look at display models of Huawei Mate20 smartphone series at a launch event in London, Britain, Oct.16, 2018. VOA

May’s decision has been dubbed naive by some senior members of her ruling Conservative party. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the British parliament’s foreign affairs panel, has warned that allowing Huawei to build some of the 5G infrastructure will “cause allies to doubt our ability to keep data secure” and erode the trust underpinning “Five Eyes.”

British government officials say under the provisional plan Huawei’s participation would be restricted to building transmission equipment, including rooftop aerials and base stations, and wouldn’t involve anything to do with core infrastructure, where billing and customer details are stored. Some British cyber-security officials say this would be sufficient to mitigate any security risks; others say the distinction is manginess.

The dispute over Huawei is playing out during a visit to China by Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, who’s hoping to expand economic ties with China ready for when Britain leaves the European Union.

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In Beijing Friday, Hammond praised the “truly epic ambition” of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive trillion-dollar trade, investment and infrastructure program launched in 2015 to spur trade along land and sea routes linking Asia, Africa and Europe.

Some observers suggest Theresa May’s Huawei decision should be seen in the light of Britain’s search for post-Brexit deals to replace the expected losses resulting from the country’s departure from the European Union. British government officials say there’s no connection. (VOA)