Queen's Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 8:38
Prime Minister Theresa May, whose plans were set out in the Queen's Speech to parliament, has abandoned much of the domestic agenda she set out in the Conservative manifesto after the party failed to win an overall majority in the general election earlier in June.
Ms May's program for government was largely restricted to the technical work of making sure Brexit can happen: a bill that sets out how the government will transpose huge swathes of European Union law into British law and separate bills on related topics such as immigration, customs and fisheries. I believe in the bill on the courts which I think is supposed to address some of those issues and I think one thing in particular that we are looking at is... err... measures to... hang on a second...
In addition, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made reference to the uneasy LibDem/Tory coalition of 2010, and said that "a sequel may be in the offing - although I understand that the latest coalition may already be in some chaos, and nothing could emphasise that chaos more than the Queen's Speech we've just heard".
In the Commons, MPs will next week table amendments to the Queen's Speech demanding that the United Kingdom will remain in the single market.
May on Wednesday slimmed down her legislative program, omitting several policies touted during the Conservative Party's election campaign, including plans to change funding for the care of older people, which opponents dubbed the "dementia tax".
Nor was there a mention of U.S. President Donald Trump's previously announced, but as yet unscheduled, state visit. May's invitation, extended with days of Trump taking office, has been sharply criticized by all parties. Action on Industrial Strategy, skills and infrastructureCommenting on the proposals, Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said, "It's good to see that the recent heatwave has warmed the government's view of business and its contribution to people's lives".
Chastened by an election which left her Conservative Party short of a majority in parliament and reopened debate on the nature of Britain's European Union exit, Ms May also sidelined reform on social care, education and corporate governance. Firms will expect all politicians to put pragmatism before politics, starting with Brexit.
The state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II came after a string of tragedies which have shaken the nation, and the election on June 8 in which May's Conservatives saw their parliamentary majority wiped out.
Buckingham Palace said that Philip, 96, was admitted a hospital as a precaution for treatment of an infection.
Per The Telegraph, the Queen's Speech will generally mention all planned state visits, but this morning she only mentioned King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, who will visit in July.
The monarch reads the speech on behalf of the government. She said that result was "better than the pundits predicted, and many of his own MPs hoped for".
"That is a matter which is now being considered both here and in Scotland", she said.
She also travelled by vehicle instead of the traditional horse-driven carriage to deliver her speech. State visits are typically characterized by pomp and ceremony, and generally include a banquet with the Queen.
When Elizabeth II rolled up to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, she did so without numerous trappings that typically attend the Queen's Speech.