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Queen Announces UK Government's Agenda in Scaled-Down Speech

Queen Announces UK Government's Agenda in Scaled-Down Speech

However it offered no specific proposals for change, and simply promised to "work with partners at all levels" and to "consult on options to encourage a wider debate".

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A briefing document issued alongside the speech said the government would intensify its consultations with businesses and other interested parties to "test and validate positions and to continue to build support from the business community as we move forward".

Bills on trade and customs will be introduced - Brexit means Britain will try to strike new deals with the European Union but also with other nations that it was unable to negotiate with while an European Union member.

Donald Trump's controversial state visit to Britain appears to have been put on the backburner, as it was left out of the Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme for the next two years.

According to the Telegraph, Government sources say the two-year session would give time for laws needed for Brexit to be fully debated.

The Queen's Speech comes at a time when May's premiership has become vulnerable and the country's future uncertain, with negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union having only just begun.




The Queen's Speech also includes a Nuclear Safeguards Bill to meet global standards as the United Kingdom leaves the EU's Euratom nuclear body, and an worldwide Sanctions Bill to ensure Britain complies with worldwide law.

There is also a bill to create a standalone United Kingdom customs regime given the Government's promise to leave the EU tariff-free customs union, as well as draft legislature to put in place the framework to strike trade deals around the world.

The ceremony, without the usual royal procession and pageantry, was a result of the rushed preparations following the snap general election earlier this month that saw Mays Conservative party failing to garner a majority in the House of Commons.

"The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent", May said in remarks introducing the policy plan.

The Queen's Speech lacked the usual level of pomp and pageantry, with the Queen ditching her traditional red velvet Robe of State and crown for a blue day dress and hat, and swapping her horse-drawn carriage for a auto.

The State Opening of Parliament, delayed by two days because of confusion caused by the inconclusive result of the June 8 election, took place without some of the traditional ceremony, with the Queen arriving by vehicle rather than carriage and doing without her state crown.

"First, we need to get Brexit right".


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