Queen backs Boris' Brexit in speech

Queen backs Boris' Brexit in speech”

The queen was driven the mile or so from Buckingham Palace in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach for the ceremony, in which the monarch outlines the government's program for the coming year.

"The Government's position is clear, the Prime Minister has repeatedly said we will leave by the end of the month".

"Today's Queen's Speech set out the prime minister's ambitious domestic agenda, focusing on our core priorities of getting Brexit done, investing in our public services, tackling violent crime, and dealing with the cost of living", Mr Davies said.

It remains to be seen whether Johnson will achieve that goal.

"The people of this country don't just want us to sort out Brexit", he said.

The EU has said that talks have been productive after a breakthrough between Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mr Johnson at a private meeting near Liverpool last week.

Ms Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru's leader at Westminster, said: "This is just an opportunity for Boris Johnson to put forward what he wants to see in his general election manifesto but he hasn't got the time and he hasn't got the numbers to bring any of this about, so in many ways it's a fantasy wish list".

As Mr Johnson compared changes in the Labour leader's top team to "Soviet-era expulsions", Labour MPs pointed to MPs on the Government benches who had the Conservative whip withdrawn after voting for measures to block a no-deal Brexit. "There is momentum but there is still little movement".

"A deal is possible and it's possible this month", Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said as he arrived for talks with European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg. May be possible this week.

At 93, the Queen keeps up an impressive schedule of official duties, including the speech that outlined the Government's legislative agenda at the State Opening of Parliament on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative administration lacks a majority in Parliament, and an election looks likely within the next few months, whether or not Britain leaves the European Union as scheduled on October 31.

All parties want an early election, but disagree over when it should be held.

The speech was part of the State Opening of Parliament, a ceremony steeped in centuries-old symbolism of the power struggle between Parliament and the British monarchy.

At 11.30am, Ms Sarah Clarke, the Queen's representative to Parliament - generally known by her official title of Black Rod - marched to the House of Commons, the Lower, elected Chamber.

Ministers are preparing to rush through a Bill to ratify any Brexit deal Mr Johnson is able to agree this week in Brussels in time for Britain to leave on schedule.

He added: "We may only be interested in the Queen's speech of a Labor government". That would heap even more pressure on Johnson's embattled administration.

Then MPs will sit in an emergency session on Saturday and what happens then will be key.

If a Brexit deal is reached, it still needs to be approved by both the British and European parliaments.

The EU has been dismayed by Johnson's hard-line pro-Brexit language at home and apparent unwillingness to veer far from his last proposals for a deal.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sunday that his party was unlikely to support any deal agreed upon by Johnson.

Mr Corbyn reiterated his desire for Mr Johnson to extend the Brexit process to avoid a no deal before having a general election, adding the reason the Opposition had not already committed to such a poll was because they "don't trust" the PM. If there is no deal, lawmakers will try to ensure that the government seeks a delay to Brexit rather than crash out without an agreement on October 31.

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