Queen Elizabeth II today unveiled the government's scaled-down agenda in her speech dominated by a host of proposed new laws created to deliver a "smooth and orderly" divorce from the European Union amid the political uncertainty after Prime Minister Theresa May's poll debacle.
Like the State of the Union in the USA, the queen's speech usually outlines goals and proposals for the next year. The prime minister is yet to conclude a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs to lend ongoing support to her agenda so that she can continue to govern.
Some Twitter users say Queen Elizabeth II trolled brexit by wearing a hat strikingly similar to the flag of the European Union. "I wish them luck for the Brexit negotiation - they'll need it - and echo calls for Scotland to have her seat at the table".
Corbyn repeated his call in parliament Wednesday for May to boost police resources and blamed the government's cuts to councils for the disaster.
Acknowledging that the outcome of this month's snap election fell well short of the emphatic victory she had hoped for, Mrs May said that her minority administration would seek to govern with "humility" to regain voters' trust.
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"That means getting a deal which delivers the result of last year's referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support".
The shift to a more consultative tack drew a cautious welcome from business groups, which worry that Mrs May's plan focuses more on controlling immigration than protecting the economy.
"We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities", May said in the lead up to the Queen's Speech today.
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Out of the 24 bills announced, eight relate to Brexit.
Boosted by his general election gains, Mr Corbyn said Labour was "a government in waiting".
May also has to carry out a punishing legislative program without a majority and with her own position under threat. In remarks in the debate that followed the speech, she acknowledged government failings in helping victims of the London high-rise fire on June 14 that killed at least 79 people. "It was generally less formal and more muted, with attendees" customary ceremonial robes exchanged for "day dress".
She was accompanied by her eldest son, Prince Charles, after Buckingham Palace confirmed that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalized with an infection.
The Queen delivered a speech that outlined a government program that bore little resemblance to the manifesto that Prime Minister Theresa May took to the country nearly two weeks ago.
May apologised for the chaotic official response to the fire, telling MPs it was "not good enough".
"That is not what she said".
Mrs May promised to listen more closely to business concerns about Britain leaving the European Union as she set out a Brexit-focused government programme.
The monarch was determined, though, to make certain she attended the Royal Ascot procession, and her resolve offered a brief moment of levity in the House of Commons.
- The government said it would allow the regulatory framework to keep pace with changes in technology for electric cars, and provide for the installation of charging points for electric- and hydrogen-powered cars. "There must be a much closer partnership with industry if we're to avoid economic chaos when we leave the EU", EEF Chief Executive Terry Scuoler said.