A chastened May offers humility as Brexit dominates new parliament

Britain's Queen Elizabeth stirred up social media on Wednesday when she opened parliament in a hat looking very much like a European Union flag.

The Queen's speech, written by the Conservative government, covers the two-year period during which Britain will negotiate with Brussels its exit from the European Union (EU), the report said.

The queen said the "Great Repeal Bill" would repeal the European Communities Act, the 1972 legislation that enshrined Britain's membership of the European bloc.

Theresa May will be forced to unveil a slimmed down and "humble" Queen's Speech on Wednesday after failing to secure the support of the Democratic Unionist Party for her government.

Shorn of a majority, Mrs May must wait to discover whether the Lords consider they are obliged to observe the convention that they do not stand in the path of Bills put forward by the Government.

U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom may be further in doubt after the Queen made no mention of a planned visit during her Wednesday speech to the British Parliament.

"I am proud of the Scottish Parliament, SNP government and our MPs as we show a unified, competent approach to governing Scotland".

The Queen's Speech sets out the government's legislative plan for the next 12 months ahead - but this year's is different.

And Parliament will also introduce a new bill on immigration.

"The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition", the palace said in a statement.

Her ministers had said some parts of the Conservative party manifesto would have to be "pruned" following the election result and numerous proposals were missing from the Queen's speech.

"How on earth can we expect these people to lead Brexit negotiations if they cannot even deliver a programme of government?"

The proposals also included axing the winter fuel allowance for well-off pensioners, expanding grammar schools and ending free school lunches for infants have been dropped.

Chastened by an election result that left her Conservative Party short of a majority in parliament, May watered down many of her pledges.

Trump used Twitter to accuse Khan of being "pathetic", in contrast to May saying that the mayor, a member of the opposition Labour Party, was "doing a good job".

The Lib Dems said their version would call for continued membership of the EU single market and customs union after Brexit.

  • Leroy Wright