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

Queen's Speech arrives at troubled time for Theresa May

Queen's Speech arrives at troubled time for Theresa May

After a delay of two days, the Queen's Speech has finally been made, outlining the Conservative minority Government's plans for the next parliamentary session. Instead, the Conservatives lost seats and May still hasn't secured a deal with another party to insure Parliament will back the government's agenda.

While his predecessor Barack Obama said Britain would be "at the back of the queue" if it voted to leave the European Union, Trump initially promised a quick deal with the United Kingdom before appearing to prioritize an agreement with the bloc it is leaving.

May's programme 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.

The new immigration bill will legislate for the end of free movement from the European Union into the United Kingdom and make the status of European Union nationals and family members subject to United Kingdom law.

May could be forced to resign if she loses the vote, expected on June 29, just as the country embarks on highly sensitive negotiations for Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

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Parliament will also introduce a new bill on immigration.

As part of the dress-down version of the grand State Opening, the monarch arrived in a auto instead of a carriage and wore a day dress instead of her traditional robes.

The Queen has taken part in the traditional Royal Ascot carriage procession - completing her dash from the State Opening of Parliament.

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The recent terror attacks were also mentioned, with the government's counter-terrorism strategy to 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 offences are sufficient to keep the population safe.

"We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities".

Many contentious policies, such as those on social care, means-testing winter fuel payments, and scrapping the pensions triple lock, appear to have been dropped along with plans to lift the legal ban on opening new grammar schools.

Opposition Labour party and the Liberal Democrats each plan to put forward alternative versions of the Queens speech.

"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", said the speech.

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

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