Queen's Speech axed to make way for complex Brexit talks

Posted June 22, 2017

In connection with the upcoming process of the country's withdrawal from the European Union the next parliamentary session will last for two years instead of one, as usual, said the Chairman of the house of Commons Andrea Linds.

The decision came as a senior cabinet figure conceded the Government was unlikely to strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party before the Queen's Speech tomorrow.

The Queen's Speech, which signals the beginning of the parliamentary year, has been rescheduled for June 21 after Theresa May's negotiations with the DUP.

The last time it was cancelled was in 2011 by the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

After facing intense pressure to soften her Brexit plans since the election, May promised to consult widely.

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These could include controversial plans to reform adult social care funding, axe the winter fuel allowance for well-off pensioners and expand grammar schools.

"Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the United Kingdom - one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do".

The speech is written by the government but read by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament.

The new Commission for Countering Extremism will be given the task of supporting the Government in "stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms".

The change means the new Parliament won't break in the summer, giving significantly more time for committees to work, legislation to be scrutinised, and votes taken.

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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 details of the speech will be debated for a number of days in the House of Commons before it is voted on.

She said: "Whilst our top priority right now is supporting the victims of the awful tragedy at Grenfell tower, we also need to look ahead by setting out a legislative programme that not only delivers a successful European Union exit but also a domestic agenda which aims to tackle the social injustices in our country".

Veteran lawmaker Dennis Skinner offered the traditional heckle before the speech, joking that those involved in the ceremony had better hurry so the queen could make the first race.

In response, the government will bring forward measures to build a stronger economy, improve living standards, build a fairer society and fund public services, she said. However, it is now understood the government are not able to get a speech prepared in time. The Queen takes the gilded throne, with her husband, Prince Philip, usually seated on a lower throne beside her.

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