Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Queen Elizabeth II mum about Trump visit

Queen Elizabeth II mum about Trump visit

Theresa May has vowed to overcome the divisions in British society exposed in this month's General Election and to build consensus on Brexit, as she ditched or watered down numerous flagship policies from the Conservative manifesto.

The queen will read a speech written by the prime minister and her staff.

Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the House of Commons to attend the state opening of Parliament. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Conservatives had "no right to govern", having "junked their manifesto", the BBC reports, while the Lib Dems will call for membership of the EU single market and customs union post-Brexit.

But that deal has yet to be announced, and on Tuesday the DUP said the talks were not going as was expected.

"And it is important to note - (this is) the first Queen's Speech, it is not a Queen's Speech for the entire Parliament". "We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities".

Also contained in the Queen's Speech are Bills to extend the HS2 high-speed rail link to Crewe, permit the development of driverless cars and commercial satellites, cut whiplash insurance claims, protect victims of domestic abuse and ban letting fees for private rented homes.

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Officials have repeatedly said planning for the visit will go forward. Key pledges, including expanding grammar schools and a free vote on restoring foxhunting, were dropped.

Tempted by a big lead over the opposition Labour party in opinion polls, May called the June 8 snap election expecting an overwhelming victory that would silence dissenters and give her a mandate to push ahead with plans to leave the European Customs Union and drastically limit immigration as Britain leaves the EU.

It said the new UK Bill would ensure the country met its obligations while a member of the European Union, and would help the UK maintain its "ability to share data with other European Union members states and internationally after we leave the EU".

An International Sanctions Bill will allow Britain to establish its own policies on non-UN international sanctions and ensure continued compliance with international law.

This bill will allow Britain to control access to its own waters and set its own fishing quotas, outside of the jurisdiction of the EU.

In addition, there are concerns any attempts to reform United Kingdom policies and standards could complicate efforts to agree a new trade deal with the EU.

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At a time of unprecedented political uncertainty, May is under increasing pressure to secure a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her government after almost two weeks of talks.

The government said it had met hundreds of businesses and other interested parties to discuss Brexit over the previous year.

Controversial counterterrorism proposals were likewise shelved, and a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire was pledged - alongside plans to rehome those left homeless by the fire "as close as practically possible" to where they lived before.

"My government's counter-terrorism strategy will be reviewed to ensure that the police and security services have all the powers they need and that the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offenses are sufficient to keep the population safe", the Queen said.

It is customary for the monarch to list state visits in the annual speech, and Elizabeth did mention one such visit coming up next month by Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

However, this year the process has been injected with a deep and cohering sense of uncertainty - without a majority, should May's plans not receive sufficient parliamentary support, her brief premiership will be terminated and Labour will have an opportunity to form a government.

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