Queen's Speech paves way for social care reform

A JUNE 9 2017 FILE

"We need to hear more from the PM that she is pressing for tariff-free trade, minimising uncertainty over customs and that companies will be able to employ the people with the range of skills they need, from the UK, Europe or elsewhere". She only talked about visits with confirmed dates and we do not yet have a confirmed date, a spokesperson said.

Labour sources have rejected claims that Jeremy Corbyn snubbed the Queen by not bowing to her at the state opening of parliament, arguing that it was against protocol for MPs to do so.

"The visit wasn't mentioned in the Queen's Speech because a date hasn't been fixed yet", a Downing Street statement said on Wednesay.

Of the 24 bills that are due to be debated in parliament over the next two years, eight relate to Brexit.

'While this will be a government that consults and listens, we are clear we are going to see Brexit through working with Parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal'.

Theresa May extended an invitation to the President just a week after his inauguration in January, during a visit to the White House.

Skiner jokingly told his fellow parliamentarians to quickly follow the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to the House of Lords for the Queen's Speech so she could go to Royal Ascot.

The legislative programme for a rare, two-year parliamentary session includes measures to tackle domestic violence and to set up a commission to tackle extremism.

Under the controversial care reform plans in the Conservative manifesto, payment for residential or at-home social care would come from people's estates until they were down to their last £100,000 in assets. Other bills will provide for Britain to have its own customs regime when it leaves the European Union and to operate an independent trade policy. Implementing this law is smart, as it will also the United Kingdom to continue to share data with other European Union member states and internationally, even after Brexit.

The Queen's speech usually mentions any state visits planned for the duration of the parliament, but Wednesday, she said she and Prince Philip "look forward to welcoming their majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain on a state visit in July".

The Queen presided over the State Opening of Parliament today in a stripped-back version of the ceremony that saw the traditional carriage replaced by a auto and the crown and ermine swopped for a blue dress and matching hat. This year, it was hastily put together with less pomp and ceremony than usual with the Queen ditching her usual attire because the snap election and Theresa May's minority Government election result, meant rehearsals with full ceremonial robes and crown, had to be scrapped.

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