2018 Queen's Speech cancelled due to Brexit


Blackleaf
#1
There will be no Queen's Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says.

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the next parliamentary session was being doubled in length to two years.

The highly unusual move would allow MPs to scrutinise "substantial amounts of legislation", she said.

Brexit negotiations finally get under way tomorrow.

Brexit: 2018 Queen's Speech cancelled by government


BBC News
18 June 2017


The Queen's Speech was last cancelled under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2011


There will be no Queen's Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says.

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the next parliamentary session was being doubled in length to two years.

The highly unusual move would allow MPs to scrutinise "substantial amounts of legislation", she said.

This year's Queen's Speech was due on Monday but has been put off until Wednesday as Theresa May's minority government seeks a deal with the DUP.

'Broad consensus'

The Queen's Speech traditionally takes place during the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament, setting out the government's proposed legal programme for the coming year.

The last time it was cancelled was in 2011 by the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

That decision, the first time it had been taken since 1949, was criticised at the time by Labour as an "abuse of power" aimed solely at easing the passage of controversial legislation.

Announcing the scrapping of the 2018 event, Mrs Leadsom said the European Union exit legislation would begin with the "Great Repeal Bill".


Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said a heavy legislative workload meant that the next parliamentary session would last two years instead of the usual one year

She said: "We will build the broadest possible consensus for our Brexit plans, and that means giving Parliament the maximum amount of time to scrutinise these bills by holding a two-year session of Parliament.

"It will mean we can work together to deliver a successful Brexit deal and a strong social legislative programme that delivers justice and opportunity to everyone."

The government also wanted to pass "a domestic agenda which aims to tackle the social injustices in our country", she added.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the government of being "in no position to negotiate a good deal for Britain" with the EU.

Writing in the Sunday Mirror, he said that if the prime minister "can't command the support of Parliament, we are ready to take that responsibility".

Brexit: 2018 Queen's Speech cancelled by government - BBC News
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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The real reason the queens speech was cancelled:

 
Durry
#3
I think Trump should give the speech instead,,,, a kind of motivational type speech eh
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Durry View Post

I think Trump should give the speech instead,,,, a kind of motivational type speech eh

I'm going to corner the market on rotten produce in the UK before Trump makes that trip ... if he ever does. The Brits don't want him. May's popularity is dropping faster than Trump's and I doubt that the Queen would touch him with a thirty foot barge pole, at this point.