Parliament Session Extended To Help Push Brexit Legislation

Posted June 22, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II will read out the Queen's Speech at about 11.30am during the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday June 21). While the Queen is the head of state, she is not the head of government, and this separation is taken seriously in the UK.

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.

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The prime minister, who had campaigned with the slogan "Brexit means Brexit", softened her tone in comments released ahead of the speech.

The Queen's Speech is expected to include legislation around reducing tenancy fees and energy prices, the Times has reported.

It will join a growing list of high-profile Conservative education policies that have become casualties Theresa May's disappointing general election result and loss of majority.

May had hoped for an overwhelming election victory that would silence dissenters and give her a mandate to push ahead with plans to leave the European Customs Union and drastically limit immigration as Britain leaves the EU.

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Meanwhile reports have emerged of talks stalling between the Conservatives and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

But she insisted that the rest of government business will not be put on hold during the Brussels negotiations, promising measures to build a stronger economy, protect consumers, tackle domestic violence and fix a "dysfunctional" housing market.

The extent of May's diminished status will be visible both inside and outside parliament.

"Twenty-four hours before the Queen's speech there is no agreement". Hundreds of people were due to attend.

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

Instead May's programme for government will be 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. Further information on the Great Repeal Bill can be found in the Government's white paper.

In addition, May is expected to stress the need for intelligence agencies to have more powers to investigate and stop militant plots - a pledge she made in the wake of recent deadly Islamist attacks in London and Manchester.