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Queen's Speech: Corbyn attacks 'Government without majority'

21 Juin 2017

It used to be the case that the government would collapse if it couldn't get its Queen's Speech through parliament.

Tempted by a big lead over the opposition Labour party in opinion polls, May called the June 8 snap election expecting an overwhelming victory that would silence dissenters and give her a mandate to push ahead with plans to leave the European Customs Union and drastically limit immigration as Britain leaves the EU.

The Queen announced that the Great Repeal Bill would be introduced to convert all European Union laws into United Kingdom law, allowing the country to decide at a later date which to keep and which to scrap.

Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in her first Queen's Speech, eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the global sanctions regime.

Instead, the Queen said: "My government will continue to work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend a good school and that all schools are fairly funded".

Chastened by an election result that left her Conservative Party short of a majority in parliament, May watered down many of her pledges.

The bill will also support and govern the design and use of driverless vehicles, and will also make it compulsory for self-driving cars to have vehicle insurance.

"We just saw a Queen's Speech that in no way tackles the challenges we face as a country".

There was no mention of May's hugely controversial invitation to US President Donald Trump to come on a state visit.

Key domestic policies from the Tory election manifesto were either dropped or scaled back, with few major non-Brexit laws being proposed. Meanwhile, there was no mention of the promised free vote on fox hunting.

The UK voted previous year to leave the European Union, an unprecedented and polarizing move that left Britons split on the decision.

The Queen also said that in light of recent terror attacks, existing laws would be revised.

And for the first time since 1974 she will wear "day dress" and a hat rather than robes of state and Imperial State Crown to deliver her speech.

Government sources told Sky News this did not mean it was not going to happen, but the absence of a date casts further doubt on the prospect of a trip this year.

The only state visit listed in the speech is a visit in July from the King and Queen of Spain.

Shorn of a majority, Mrs May must wait to discover whether the Lords consider they are obliged to observe the convention that they do not stand in the path of Bills put forward by the Government.