Britain's May promises to listen harder on Brexit - Queen's Speech
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 21:39
After four terror attacks and a deadly tower block blaze that have darkened the national mood, anti-government protesters are also planning a "Day of Rage" in the streets that will converge outside parliament with temperatures forecast to hit 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) - London's hottest June day since 1976.
The enfeebled premier, who is still locked in hard talks with a Northern Irish party to prop up her administration, says the programme is about seizing opportunities offered by Brexit.
Instead, the Queen said: "My government will continue to work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend a good school and that all schools are fairly funded".
The Speech started: 'My government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union.
Notable by its absence was any reference to a rumored official visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom.
President Donald Trump definitely isn't the most popular foreign leader in the U.K. Recently, the public outrage against the USA president became even stronger, as Trump slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the London terror attack on June 4.
There was also no mention of May's controversial promise to allow a parliamentary vote to repeal a ban on fox hunting, which angered left-wingers.
Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after effectively abandoning controversial changes set out in the Conservative General Election manifesto.
This is a July 25, 2016 file photo of of Arlene Foster, left, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, during a meeting in Belfast.
"All the things we expected to be dropped, such as a ban on fox hunting and grammar schools were left out though we can not be sure they won't be brought forward later", he added.
The speech comes after May lost her majority in a snap election earlier this month, leaving her to head a minority government with no deal so far to insure that the government can deliver on its agenda.
But that deal has yet to be announced, and on Tuesday the DUP said the talks were not going as was expected.
But even with DUP backing, the government would command only a tiny majority, and just a few rebel MPs could be enough to undermine it fatally.
It was a dressed-down affair this year because the election put the date too close to the queen's birthday parade, and it wasn't possible to put on two such occasions within days of one another.
Delivering a formal speech in which Prime Minister Theresa May's government laid out its strategy for exiting the European Union, the monarch sported a blue chapeau decorated with an arc of blue flowers each with a bright yellow disc at its center.
If May's Queen's Speech fails, it would mark the first time since 1924, when Stanley Baldwin's King's Speech was voted down and a minority Labour government took power.