Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Queen's speech, 2016

The Queen's speech marks the beginning of a new session of Parliament and outlines the government's agenda.

If you haven't seen the ceremony, it's worth watching.

Queen's Speech: Prison shake-up at heart of new laws
The government's planned new laws have been set out by the Queen - including the biggest prison shake-up in England and Wales "since Victorian times"…

The 21-Bill agenda also includes support for a spaceport and driverless cars - but a planned British Bill of Rights has been put on hold.

David Cameron called it "a One Nation speech from a One Nation government"…

The speech is being seen as an attempt to secure a legacy of social reform for the prime minister but critics say it will be overshadowed by 23 June's referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU, which has split the Cabinet…

But the government was still pre-occupied with the EU referendum and the fear that "if they don't win David Cameron might not be prime minister in six or seven weeks' time", she added.

The Queen made only the briefest of direct references to her government holding "a referendum on membership of the European Union".

But - in a move that may be seen as an attempt to reassure voters ahead of the EU referendum - she added: "My ministers will uphold the sovereignty of Parliament and the primacy of the House of Commons."…

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