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Boris Johnson warned he faces first Commons revolt since election

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.18am GMT Brexit is getting closer and closer, and now the instrument of ratification – the document that legally formalises the UK’s withdrawal – has been signed and deposited with the EU. Here is Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, signing it.It is official – after Friday night we will no longer be in the EU. Signing the Instrument of Ratification was a landmark moment. However you voted, let’s look forward together as we chart a new independent, global future for Britain. morning Sir Tim Barrow, UK Permanent Representative to the EU, deposited the instrument of ratification to the @EUCouncil. This step ensures that the UK has fulfilled its legal obligations regarding our exit from the EU. 9.08am GMT Boris Johnson is now facing the threat of his first Commons rebellion since the general election, over his decision to let the Chinese firm Huawei play a role in building the UK’s 5G infrastructure. Conservative MPs expressed their concerns in the Commons yesterday and, although they were not quite as outspoken as some were when the same topic was discussed on Monday, talk of a revolt is firming up. The government announced yesterday that it plans to legislate to ensure that “high risk vendors” (ie, Huawei) can only run 35% of the 5G network. Legislation means votes, and voting means backbenchers have leverage (because the main opposition parties, Labour and the SNP, are also very critical of this decision on national security grounds). On Newsnight last night Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative party leader, said that there would have to be “modification” to the government’s plans and that the 35% threshold was too high.“I’m absolutely convinced, and everyone thinks so too, that China is a direct threat in cyberspace.”

MPs have criticised the government’s decision to allow Huawei involvement in the UK’s 5G network.

Tory MP @MPIainDS says he wants to see the firm “out of the system”#Newsnight, one of the things that that frankly surprised me was the breadth of the opposition to the current stance of the government on the Conservative back benches. We don’t know yet, when push comes to shove and votes happen, how many people will actually put their heads above the parapet. But certainly it’s very widespread.There did appear to be very widespread opposition from members old and new, on the left and right of the party, so there’s there was very widespread, strong unease about the way the government is going on this. Continue reading…

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