BRC: Queen's Speech promising for retailers

He also struggled to explain the lack of concrete policy in the Queen's Speech to deal with mental health provision, and said the government was still committed to building a million homes by 2020, which should be accessible to young people.

James Slack, May's spokesman, told reporters after the speech on Wednesday that the lack of a reference to Trump's visit doesn't mean it won't go ahead.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, promised on Wednesday promised to listen more to businesses' concerns about Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opened parliament by announcing the government's programme for the next two years.

Prince Philip, the husband of the queen, didn't attend after being hospitalized for an infection.

"Clearly the European Union still inspires some in the United Kingdom", he wrote.

Controversial plans to expand grammar schools and introduce a free vote on restoring foxhunting to the Commons were decidedly absent from the speech, with the majority of bills announced relating to ensuring the "smooth and orderly" departure from the European Union.

For instance, Elizabeth arrived at Parliament in a auto, rather than a horse-drawn carriage, and delivered the speech in everyday dress, instead of the customary royal robes.

This year's speech covers government business for the next two years.

In her introduction to the speech notes, UK Prime Minister Theresa May admits that the recent election result was "not the one I hoped for" and says that her priority is "getting Brexit right".

She also apologised for "the failure of the state, national and local" in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, promising a new role of independent public advocate to represent bereaved families in the aftermath of disasters. "We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities", May said in the lead up to the Queens Speech today.

The Prime Minister called for "compassion, unity, resolve" as she said: "This is a hard time for our country, but we are a resilient country". The Queens Speech was originally set for June 19.

"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.

The speech says: "This will be complemented by legislation to ensure that the United Kingdom makes a success of Brexit, establishing new national policies on immigration, worldwide sanctions, nuclear safeguards, agriculture, and fisheries".

  • Salvatore Jensen