Likewise, up until this "shift" occurred, the UK had no problems with China investing in infrastructure either, with the Hinkley point nuclear power plant being a notable example. As a result, Huawei's ties with the United Kingdom have also been robust.
Most UK telecommunications companies rely on Huawei technology, and many had signed deals for them to be part of the UK's 5G network.
Now however, Britain has finally decided to risk everything to pacify Washington's change of mood. A ban of Huawei's 5G network will end an era of warm, prosperous ties between London and Beijing and will inevitably invite a series of negative reactions from China. This will leave Britain isolated on not one, but two economic fronts.
For a country whose GDP growth is predicted to be a mere 1.2 percent in 2019, with businesses shifting jobs abroad and cancelling investment, to escalate parallel geopolitical confrontation with two of the world's largest economies is an act of sublime naivety and self-harm.
We are a left with a future beset by soaring costs, economic stagnation, and technological regression. If Brexit was supposed to “reclaim” British sovereignty, in an ironic twist, the process has in fact undermined it, jettisoning its diplomatic power and leaving London out in the cold to the tender mercies of Washington.