Queen’s Speech Dominated by Brexit
The UK’s departure from the EU took centre stage as the Government’s legislative plan for the next session of Parliament was outlined by the Queen. Eight of the twenty seven proposed bills relate to Brexit and its impact on immigration, trade and other sectors. Prime Minister Theresa May urged MPs to “seize this moment of national change” to unite and work for a fairer country.
However, after their failure to win an overall majority the Conservative government has had to shelve a number of manifesto pledges including proposals to scrap the winter fuel allowance, scrapping free school lunches for infants, and ending automatic 2.5% pension rises.
In addition to the Brexit proposals, the Government is putting forward the following:
- Civil Liability Bill, designed to address the “compensation culture” around motoring insurance claims
- Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, establishing a Domesic Violence and Abuse Commissioner to stand up for victims and survivors and monitor the response of the authorities
- Tenant’s Fees Bill, banning landlords from charging “letting fees”
- High-Speed Two Bill to authorise the second leg of the rail link from Birmingham to Crewe
- Data Protection Bill to strengthen individuals’ rights and introduce a “right to be forgotten”.
- Armed Forces Bill allowing people to serve on a part-time and flexible basis
You can read more about the Queen’s Speech here.
What is the Queen’s Speech?
The State Opening of Parliament has served as a symbolic reminder of Parliament’s three parts; the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons for more than 500 years. The opening is officially triggered after the Queen reads out her pre-prepared speech from a Throne in the House of Lords. The speech is written by the Government’s ministers and sets out the Prime Minister’s legislative plans for the coming year. It will reveal the priorities are for the coming Parliament and the new laws the ruling party hopes to pass.
The details of the speech will be debated for a number of days in the House of Commons before it is voted on.
(from The Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/queens-speech-has-next-one-cancelled/)