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Queen to outline UK government plans

The Conservatives’ 2017 General Election manifesto briefly disappeared from the party’s website ahead of a Queen’s Speech.The speech did not make reference to pledges in the manifesto to tax the elderly more heavily for their own care and take free lunches from schoolchildren, policies slammed by opposition parties and the public.Earlier, Britain said there had been no change to plans for Trump to come to Britain on a state visit after local media reported the trip had been postponed.May had hoped to officially secure support from the Democratic Union Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, whose 10 seats in Parliament would give her enough votes to push her legislative agenda through. But as of Wednesday morning, no deal had been made. What was in the speech?Centrepiece of Mrs May’s programme is the Repeal Bill which will transfer relevant European Union laws on to the United Kingdom statute book at the moment of Brexit in March 2019, with the aim of delivering “a smooth and orderly transition” and avoiding uncertainty for businesses and individuals.The Bill creates powers for Parliament to use secondary legislation to make what are expected to be a huge number of technical amendments to European Union rules and regulations to ensure they continue to operate appropriately within United Kingdom law.The tally of 27 bills and draft bills is fairly typical for a Queen’s Speech and more than this has been seen in some recent years.The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill also contains plans to push driverless auto technology.The Speech confirmed plans for a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy.The Queen also said that in light of recent terror attacks, existing laws would be revised.At a time of unprecedented political uncertainty, May is under increasing pressure to secure a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her government after almost two weeks of talks. Her attempt to secure a larger mandate ahead of the Brexit negotiations backfired with her losing her commanding majority.Traditionally all planned state visits for the period covered by the speech are listed by the Queen in advance.He could also encourage the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats to follow suit and increase the pressure on the government.May’s programme for government was largely restricted to the technical work of making sure Brexit can happen: a bill that sets out how the government will transpose huge swathes of European Union law into British law and separate bills on related topics such as immigration, customs and fisheries.