Her Royal Majesty The Queen set out the Conservative government’s agenda for the year ahead, following last week’s decisive election win. Confirming the UK will leave the EU.
Legislation to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January is among more than 30 bills being announced during Thursday’s State Opening of Parliament. Other measures include guarantees on extra health service funding and longer sentences for violent criminals.
PM Boris Johnson says he wants to unite the UK and “level up” opportunity. Downing Street said an ambitious programme of “far-reaching” domestic reforms would be put before MPs, with education and infrastructure among other priorities.
But Labour said the government would be judged on how far it made up for “years of underfunding” of the health service and, so far, its proposals fell short of what was needed to deal with rising waiting times and staff vacancies.