The Queen will set out the Government’s two-year blueprint for Brexit in Parliament later – despite talks to build a parliamentary majority appearing to falter.
The Queen’s Speech will have Brexit at its core, with the Great Repeal Bill as its centrepiece, in which EU law will be transposed onto the UK’s statute book.
The Government also plans to set out the opportunities presented by our departure from the European Union in order to construct a society which “works for everyone”.
Image: Last year’s Queen’s Speech
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister, she committed to work with “humility and resolve”, which suggests criticism of her remote response to the Grenfell Tower fire has hit home.
She said: “This is a Government with purpose. Determined to deliver the best Brexit deal. Intent on building a stronger economy and a fairer society. Committed to keeping our country safe, enhancing our standing in the wider world and bringing our United Kingdom closer together.
“Putting ourselves at the service of millions of ordinary working people for whom we will work every day in the national interest,” she concluded.
There will be bills to protect consumers by reducing motor insurance premiums, to boost transport infrastructure and turbocharge our space industry.
The Government will also contain details of a proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and a draft Tenants’ Fees Bill, which “sits alongside action to fix the dysfunctional housing market”.
But the speech will be remembered for what has been left out.
Image: There will be no carriage for the Queen this year
It usually draws on the winning party’s manifesto for its substance, but controversial policy proposals including social care funding, ending free lunches for all primary school children and axing the pension triple-lock are expected to be quietly shelved because of the Government’s precarious position.
The speech will also be memorable for another reason: the singular lack of pomp.
Due to its proximity to the Trooping the Colour ceremony, it was considered too great a logistical exercise for the military and the Royal Mews to include the extravagance usually invested in the day.
Rather than the Imperial state crown and ceremonial robes, the Queen will wear a day dress and hat and take a car instead of the carriage from Buckingham Palace.
The last time the Queen’s Speech was similarly pared down was in 1974, when Harold Wilson defeated Ted Heath in another snap election designed to give the Conservatives a larger mandate in Westminster.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives have started talks on forging a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has 10 MPs.
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But sources in Northern Ireland have told Sky News that “negotiations haven’t proceeded in a way that DUP would have expected”.
The party is urging the Government to give “greater focus” to negotiations, with a warning that it “can’t be taken for granted”.
Theresa May will need the DUP to back her legislative programme when it goes to a vote next week in order to stay in Number 10.
While the party membership was described by the Prime Minister as “friends and allies”, it appears their rumoured demands for more money for infrastructure projects and guarantee of a “frictionless” border after Brexit have not been met.
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It is understood the Government is not expecting a deal to be reached until next week, although a spokesman told Sky News only that “negotiations are continuing”.
Source: SKY News Feed