Queen outlines United Kingdom government agenda in scaled-down speech

Queen outlines United Kingdom government agenda in scaled-down speech

Signaling the importance of Brexit negotiations with the European Union, which will last until the spring of 2019, the queen will set out the government's program for two years, rather than one. The Queen will also not wear her full crown or travel by coach - instead opting for a hat and Royal auto.

Brexit is expected to dominate the Queen's Speech, which will cover a two-year period instead of one.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This slimmed down Queen's Speech shows a Government on the edge".

The PFS said without a majority government it is going to be hard to make decisions over issues such as the funding of social care and the state pension.

Ms May will no longer seek to build new grammar schools.

Once completed, people will know which laws the government is hoping to pass, and what their priorities are for the coming Parliament. "It will mean we can work together to deliver a successful Brexit deal and a strong social legislative programme that delivers justice and opportunity for all".

This morning the Queen will read out the speech which will set out the government's legislative agenda for the next two years.

For example, the government's indicated plans to introduce a Great Repeal Bill, which will convert European Union law into United Kingdom law, will require up to nine acts of Parliament.

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"We need to change the direction of our country".

The speech will be delivered at 11:30 BST and will be covered live on BBC One, Radio 5 live and online.

Manifesto pledges on fox-hunting, grammar schools and the repeal of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act are not "priorities" for action now, he confirmed.

The Queen takes her seat on the throne in the House of Lords.

The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, confirmed that the State Opening would be postponed by two days due to a delay in the making of The Queen's Speech. Four militant attacks have questioned her grip on national security, and the death of at least 79 people in a tower block fire has become a flashpoint for public anger at her party's record in government.

Ministers at the time argued it was to give Parliament more time to scrutinise the Government's heavy legislative agenda, while Labour said it was an "abuse of power" created to ease the passage of controversial legislation.

Even before news of Prince Philip's illness, the government had announced that the speech would be delivered with less pageantry than usual as a result of the timing of the snap election.

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