Queen Elizabeth II to unveil govt agenda at scaled-down Parliament Opening

Queen Elizabeth II will today unveil the government’s agenda at a scaled-down State Opening of Parliament in a speech which will be dominated by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

The Queen’s Speech is prepared by the government of the day and read out by the monarch to lay out the legislative priorities for parliamentary proceedings.

The scaled down version, minus the usual royal procession and pageantry, is a result of the rushed preparations following the snap general election earlier this month.

This year’s speech will be dominated by Brexit and will cover a two-year period instead of one to give MPs time to deliberate on laws needed to leave the European Union (EU) – irrespective of the final deal agreed with Brussels.

At the heart of this is the so-called Great Repeal Bill, which will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. It will also copy existing EU legislation to the UK statute book, and Parliament will decide which bits to retain.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May led Conservatives are still trying to agree terms with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure their support for a minority government after the snap general election failed to win a majority for the ruling party.

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