HM the Queen delivered her speech to both Houses of Parliament this morning, though with significantly less pomp and circumstance to which we have become accustomed owing to the shorter notice. The speech outlines the framework for the UK Government for the next two years (provided it lasts that long…) as the 2018 event has been cancelled to allow for more time for Brexit legislation.
Debates on the speech begin this afternoon and will continue for the next six sitting days. Amendments will be put forward on the final two days of debate, which have renewed importance owing to the minority status of the Government. The DUP, at this stage, is still expected to support the speech though has recently issued warnings that it will not countenance being ignored. The Conservative-DUP deal is expected to be announced tomorrow.
Back to today’s announcements, the Queen outlined plans for 24 new bills, eight of which were directly related to the process of exiting the EU. She said the Government’s priority was to secure the “best possible deal” for Britain and would build consensus among the devolved parliaments surrounding Brexit.
Announcements on legislation related to Brexit include:
In addition, there will also be the EU (Approvals) Bill, which will implement changes to international agreements between the EU and non-EU countries.
Other commitments covered the economy, promoting fairness, defence, NHS patient safety and data protection. The following Bills will appear in the next two years:
Non-legislative announcements covered counter-terrorism and combatting extremism, the Grenfell Tower fire, mental health reform social care, reforming technical education, tackling the gender pay gap, and housing. The background briefing provided more information on all legislative and non-legislative measures.
If you’d be interested in following any of the legislation or related inquiries more closely, our Tracker Service would be just the trick. Contact us to find out more about how we keep tabs in legislation at Westminster and Holyrood.
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