The Queen’s speech offers the scandal-hit prime minister an opportunity to try to regain control of the agenda after the Partygate scandal and the Conservatives’ poor showing in local elections
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Boris Johnson will lay out his plans for the next year in the Queen’s speech, which will detail the laws the Government will seek to get into the code in the coming months.
The content of the speech is written by ministers, but read out by the monarch as part of the lavish opening of the state parliament.
Buckingham Palace has announced Prince Charles will step in as the 96-year-old Queen will not be able to attend the ceremony due to mobility issues.
The Queen’s speech offers the scandal-hit prime minister an opportunity to try to regain control of the agenda after the Partygate scandal and the Conservatives’ poor showing in local elections.
The cost of living crisis will dominate the event, with No 10 saying it was “at the forefront of the Prime Minister’s mind”.
“You would certainly expect the government’s work to be geared towards that,” his spokesman said.
However, no immediate aid is expected for ailing Brits as the speech focuses on longer-term plans.
Here’s what we know about what will and won’t be in the speech.
What is expected in the Queen’s speech?
New legislation is being introduced to overhaul England’s schools, with crackdowns on truancy and mandatory homeschooling registers to track down the ‘ghost children’ who fell through the cracks during the pandemic.
The bill will allow councils to set up their own academy foundations and ask their schools to join them by 2030.
Ofsted will be given increased powers to crack down on illegal schools and school funding will be reformed as part of the plans.
It is also expected to include plans for a 32.5-hour school week, increased targets for math and English proficiency and a “parent promise” to let mums and dads know if their children are falling behind.
Higher Education Act
Ministers will introduce a Higher Education Act that would create a lifetime loan entitlement to help people acquire new skills.
The loan would equate to four years of education – £37,000 in today’s fees – to be used over her lifetime for a range of short and specialist courses.
Channel 4 privatization
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries sparked a backlash by promising to privatize the public broadcaster in the biggest sale of a government asset since Royal Mail in 2013.
She said Channel 4 has a “cherished place” in British life but it needs a change of ownership to thrive.
A new bill to back up the proposed law is expected in the Queen’s speech.
Level up and Regeneration Bill
Top Tory Michael Gove outlined plans over the weekend to give local leaders new powers to rejuvenate ailing high streets.
Landlords would be forced to rent out empty shop units and allow municipalities to take control of derelict buildings through stricter compulsory orders.
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British Bill of Rights
The Tories promised in their 2019 manifesto to “update” the Human Rights Act, which implemented the European Convention on Human Rights into national law.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has spoken of tearing up the legislation and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights.
He said the new bill would result in “fewer shifts in the goalposts, less elastic interpretations of human rights,” adding that people find the current law “frustrating in the context of deportation of foreign offenders.”
Brexit Freedoms Bill
Boris Johnson boasted a “super seven” set of Brexit bills to amend laws the UK inherited from the EU – more than 16 months after Britain severed ties with Brussels.
He told the Sunday Express that a new Brexit Freedom Bill would cut EU regulatory bureaucracy, while a Procurement Bill would help small and medium-sized businesses compete for government contracts.
What could be in the queen’s speech?
Trading Rules for Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson has threatened to use legislation to tear up his own Brexit deal after ongoing problems with Northern Ireland’s trade rules.
The Government could table legislation giving it the power to override the Northern Ireland Protocol – a key part of the Brexit deal, which aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The protocol is hated by the unionist DUP party, which insists it will not form a power-sharing executive with nationalist Sinn Féin until the issue is settled.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab on Sunday refused to say whether new measures would be included.
Any change to the protocol without Brussels approval would spark a heated argument.
What is not in the Queen’s speech?
The flagship law was intended to strengthen workers’ rights, tackle precarious employment and ensure bosses pass on all tips to employees.
But it looks like the long-awaited bill – first mentioned in 2019 – will not be included in the Queen’s speech.
A major overhaul of the planning rules was discussed last year but the idea was shelved after backlash from Tory MPs.
Changes to planning law could be included in the Leveling Up Bill, but no major shock is expected – especially after the Conservatives suffered losses in their southern core areas in last week’s local elections.
The government appears to have quietly shelved plans to ban imports of foie gras and furs in a bid to appease the far right.
It’s unclear whether promises to crack down on puppy smuggling and trophy hunting will be included in the Queen’s speech.
Some bills are adopted that did not get through Parliament in time to come into force.
These include the Higher Education Act (Freedom of Speech Act), which aims to prevent restrictions on freedom of expression at universities, and the long-awaited Online Safety Act.
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