Written by Staff Writer
14 Oct, 2019 | 5:21 pm
Reuters – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson departed Downing Street on Monday (October 14) to attend the so-called Queen’s Speech at parliament setting out his government’s post-Brexit plans.
The ceremonial speech is the highlight of a day of elaborate pageantry in Westminster and is used to detail all the bills the government wants to enact in the coming year. It is written for the 93-year old monarch, Queen Elizabeth, by the government.
But, with Brexit unresolved, and any plans beyond even the next seven days likely subject to an unpredictable election, rival parties said Johnson was misusing the politically-neutral Queen for political gain.
The speech will layout 22 new bills – pieces of proposed legislation – including several covering tougher treatment for foreign criminals and sex offenders, and new protection for victims of domestic abuse.
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