Queen unveils govt agenda in scaled-down Parliament opening

The State Opening of Parliament, delayed by two days because of confusion caused by the inconclusive result of the June 8 election, took place without some of the traditional ceremony, with the Queen arriving by auto rather than carriage and doing without her state crown.

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The Queen said she is looking forward to meeting the King and Queen of Spain, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, when they come to London in July - but made no mention of the U.S. president.

An Agriculture Bill has been mentioned in today's Queen's Speech, as the embattled Prime Minister tries to push forward her Government's legislative programme for Brexit.

May has resisted calls to resign and is hoping for the support of the DUP's 10 MPs to boost her tally of 317 seats in the 650-seat parliament, but a deal has proved elusive so far.

The Labour Party has criticised the move, saying it shows the government is in a "shaky" position.

With the controversial elements of her domestic agenda shelved, the Prime Minister is trying to find areas where she can find cross-party agreement.

What was in the speech?

The speech also announced a bill that will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act to "provide certainty for individuals and businesses". My ministers are committed to working with parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build a consensus on the country's future outside of the European Union'.

To support United Kingdom farmers after we leave the EU.

The speech reiterated May's promise to hold a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, "to ascertain the causes, and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt".

In light of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, existing laws would be revised, but no new bills were announced.

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".

While powers will be revised, there was no mention of police resources.

The Queen's Speech lacked the usual level of pomp and pageantry, with the Queen ditching her traditional red velvet Robe of State and crown for a blue day dress and hat, and swapping her horse-drawn carriage for a vehicle.

The queen carried with her royal duties at the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament despite the announcement that her husband, Prince Philip, has been hospitalized.

Britain is beginning negotiations for leaving the European Union.

May called the snap general election in a bid to strengthen her mandate heading into the Brexit talks.

"Having dropped everything from the dementia tax to fox hunting I assume the only reason they have proposed a space bill is so they can shoot their manifesto into space and pretend it never existed", he said, referring to the Government's pledge to expand the UK's $20-billion space industry.

Nevertheless, with the Conservatives now requiring the support of the controversial Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to achieve a slim majority in Parliament, and with no confidence and supply deal yet determined, none of the above is assured.

  • Leroy Wright