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Queen Elizabeth II outlines government program

21 Juin 2017

US President Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain may have been put on hold, after the Queen did not mention it in her address to parliament. The prime minister has said she is convinced parliament will support her "broad program".

The speech announced no fewer than eight bills to implement Brexit, and new legislation aimed at tackling extremist content online after the terror attacks.

But flagship manifesto policies which find no place in the Conservative agenda included the scrapping of universal free school lunches, means-testing of the winter fuel payment, an energy price cap and the reform of social care funding which opponents branded a "dementia tax".

No mention of Donald Trump's state visit, leading to speculation it is now indefinitely postponed.

He had originally been expected to visit either in the summer or autumn after Theresa May extended the invitation in January.

Having called a snap election in the hope of securing an increased majority to deliver Brexit in a "strong and stable" way, Mrs May acknowledged that the outcome was "not the one I hoped for".

"Putting ourselves at the service of millions of ordinary working people for whom we will work every day in the national interest", she concluded.

This Queen's speech is supposed to herald a parliament lasting two years, so there was speculation today that no date for Trump's visit has been scheduled for the near future.

May's authority is badly damaged as Britain begins negotiations on leaving the EU.

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The failure of Theresa May's Conservative Party to secure an overall majority means that she will find it far more hard to deliver on some of the legislative changes she promised during the election.

"First, we need to get Brexit right", she said.

Her ministers have said some parts of the Conservative party manifesto would have to be "pruned" following the election result.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced the speech, arguing that May had delivered a "threadbare" program devoid of new ideas.

Such pared-down ceremonial has precedents-November 1939, after the outbreak of World War II, and March 1974, after an early election called amid a state of emergency over widespread labor unrest also produced a hung Parliament.

The Queen's Speech and State Opening of Parliament is usually a grand occasion with royal robes, a golden carriage and a heavy crown.

The primary issue was scheduling.

The monarch was determined, though, to make certain she attended the Royal Ascot procession, and her resolve offered a brief moment of levity in the House of Commons.

Legislation will be introduced to make the United Kingdom a "world leader" in electric cars and to encourage installation of charge points at motorway services and petrol stations, the government has pledged in the Queen's Speech today (21 June).

Queen Elizabeth II outlines government program