Queen to outline UK government plans
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 16:00
The program set out in the so-called Queen's Speech at the state opening of Parliament will include "a number of bills" meant to make Brexit successful, according to Prime Minister Theresa May's office.
Centrepiece of Mrs May's programme is the Repeal Bill which will transfer relevant European Union laws on to the United Kingdom statute book at the moment of Brexit in March 2019, with the aim of delivering "a smooth and orderly transition" and avoiding uncertainty for businesses and individuals. That bill will seek to convert all the European Union laws into United Kingdom law so that the country can then decide which laws to keep and which to scrap.
The tally of 27 bills and draft bills is fairly typical for a Queen's Speech and more than this has been seen in some recent years. Immigration was the centerpiece issue in the campaign to leave the European Union, and the government has promised to deliver a policy that controls the level of immigration.
The Queen confirmed that there would be a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and that an independent public advocate, who will act for bereaved families after public disasters, would be introduced.
Warning of an "unprecedented" threat from terrorism in the wake of attacks at Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, Mrs May announced a review of counter-terrorism strategy to make sure police and security services have "all the powers they need to protect our country".
While the queen reads the Queen's Speech to lawmakers, it is written by the prime minister and her staff.
The speech is being delivered with less pageantry than normal a result of the timing of the snap election. But she did say the government is looking forward to a planned state visit by the Spanish royal couple set for July.
He could also encourage the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats to follow suit and increase the pressure on the government.
Following today's Queen's speech, however, from which Trump's visit was conspicuously absent, it would appear that the state visit is not likely to go ahead, at least during this parliament - will last two years rather than one, a rare change to allow for Brexit negotiations to take place.
A raft of new laws that aim to ensure the United Kingdom secures "the best possible deal" after leaving the European Union (EU) have been announced in today's Queen's speech.