Agence France-Presse reports:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government’s priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen, with Brexit top of the agenda. But with time running out for an amicable divorce deal before EU leaders meet later this week, few of the proposals look likely to be enacted, with predictions of a snap election.
Queen Elizabeth II announced in a speech to lawmakers a list of 26 new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalised EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing and the environment. “My government’s priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on October 31,” the 93-year-old monarch said from a gilded throne, delivering words written by government officials.
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) October 14, 2019
Queen Elizabeth II makes clear that the UK government’s top priority is an October 31 Brexit https://t.co/RT4JqlInRq
— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) October 14, 2019
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 14, 2019
“My government intends to work toward a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly cooperation,” Queen Elizabeth II told lawmakers https://t.co/SSNhskr1Eb
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 14, 2019
‘Do or die’ Brexit by Oct 31st at heart of Queen’s Speech… pic.twitter.com/JY3mOlG4Rw
— The Sun (@TheSun) October 14, 2019
The Queen’s Speech today is simply a distraction from Boris Johnson’s disastrous, botched Brexit plans.
— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) October 14, 2019