Key Tory manifesto bills missing from Queen's Speech, with focus on Brexit


For the next two years Brexit will utterly dominate. Bills to tackle Brexit complexitiesInstead, eight bills were outlined in the speech to tackle the complexities of Brexit, including a Repeal Bill to negate the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and which will ensure the continuation of existing laws and regulations once the divorce from the EU is complete.

The traditionally ceremonial address was a crucial testing ground for Mrs May's ability to run the country during its most challenging period for generations.

Theresa May now leads a minority Government and she will have to make compromises on her previous hardline stance on Brexit negotiations. 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.

Business leaders reacted positively to the change of tone in the speech and Corbyn said he also hoped for a Brexit deal "that puts jobs and the economy first". "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".

Lawmakers will have to approve the speech in a vote, expected on June 29, that will be a de facto vote of confidence. "This is an unstable coalition, it's not even a coalition, they haven't even got an agreement with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party)", he said.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to step in and build a rival government - although he and other opposition parties lack the collective numbers to bring down May.

On domestic matters, the government's agenda is "dry, if not arid", said Richard Bull.

Instead, May lost her majority as many voters shunned the government's approach to Brexit and rebelled against seven years of austerity. The Queen arrived at the Buckingham Palace in a auto rather than the royal carriage, and opted for a blue coat and a hat instead of the royal robes.

The Queen was accompanied by her son Prince Charles as her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was taken to hospital as a precaution when a pre-existing infection worsened overnight.

Mrs May said Britain had faced a "difficult time" in recent weeks which had "tested the spirit of our country" but was "resilient".

The plans include a "Repeal Bill", which would repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and convert all EU laws applicable to the United Kingdom into domestic law at the point of Brexit and not before, as well as creating temporary powers for parliament to amend the statute book through secondary legislation where existing provision is inconsistent with the act of leaving the EU.

"The retail industry's biggest priority is to work alongside the Government to secure a fair Brexit for consumers", said Dickinson.

The speech announced no fewer than eight Bills to implement Brexit - including a Bill that sets out how the government will transpose huge swathes of European Union law into British law, and separate Bills on related topics such as immigration, Customs and fisheries. I think you'll find that the Prime Minister has been strong on that. But was she trying to put her position on the record?