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What to expect from today’s Queen’s Speech on truancy and climate protests

A car bearing the crown of Britain's Queen Elizabeth drives past Buckingham Palace during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster, Britain, May 10, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The Queen’s crown will appear in the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament (Image: Reuters)

The Government will set out its plans for new legislation in a speech from the Queen this week to MPs and colleagues.

On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales will read the agenda-setting speech on behalf of the Queen at the formal opening of Parliament.

Here’s everything you need to know about the type of speech and what it’s likely to involve.

What is the Queen’s Speech?

The speech was written by ministers and outlines the government’s plans for new legislation.

It is to be read at the opening ceremony in the House of Lords.

Buckingham Palace said on Monday that Charles would do the duty on behalf of the Queen.

He is accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge.

What is the speech about?

Northern Ireland

The Government is expected to use the speech to propose changes to Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trade arrangements.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab on Sunday refused to say whether new measures would be included.

“What we will be focusing on this week is our plans to stimulate the economy and protect the cost of living,” Mr Raab told Sky News.

He added: “We will talk about agricultural sector reform and innovation to produce cheaper and healthier food.

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Prince Charles is set to deliver the speech which will outline the business of the next Parliament (Image: PA)

“We’re going to talk about areas where the UK has a real comparative advantage, technology, financial services.”

Reports of proposed changes come as the Government grapples with the fallout from Sinn Féin’s success in the Stormont Assembly elections.

Brexit freedoms

The Prime Minister has also said he has plans for a “Super Seven” legislative package aimed at changing laws the UK has inherited from the EU.

According to the Sunday Express, a new Brexit Freedoms Bill will aim to cut the EU’s regulatory “red tape” that will remain in UK law after leaving the trading bloc.

A forthcoming procurement law will reportedly give small and medium-sized businesses a better opportunity to compete for government contracts, and there are also plans to improve animal welfare and crack down on puppy smuggling.

However, the Times has reported that plans to ban imports of foie gras and fur clothing into the UK were scrapped from the speech in an attempt by Boris Johnson to bolster support from the conservative right wing.

Bill of Rights

Mr Raab has indicated that the government wants to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights.

Major General Christopher Ghika (C) salutes members of the Household Cavalry outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Opening of Parliament in London May 10, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II will miss the official opening of Britain's Parliament on Tuesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to do so to revitalize his faltering government by unveiling its plans for the coming year. (Photo by Glyn KIRK/AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Major General Christopher Ghika greets members of the Household Cavalry outside Buckingham Palace (Image: AFP)

The Justice Secretary told LBC that a new Bill of Rights would result in “fewer shifts in the goalposts, less elastic interpretations of human rights”, adding that people find the current law “frustrating in the context of deportation of foreign offenders”.

The Human Rights Act transposed the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law, but it has been criticized by successive Tory governments for the way it has been interpreted.

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Ministers will crack down on truancy, strengthen the powers of education oversight and reform the funding system in new legislation to “create a school system that works for every child”.

Under the Schools Act plans, England’s schools would have to publish an attendance policy and there will be mandatory registers for children who are not in classrooms so authorities can identify who is not receiving full-time education.

The measures will ensure students benefit from “every possible hour in the classroom,” Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said.

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A Leveling Up and Regeneration Bill is expected to give local leaders new powers to rejuvenate high streets by forcing landlords to rent vacant retail units.

Communities Secretary Michael Gove said: “By empowering local communities to let shops that have been vacant for a year or more, we will end the scourge of boarded up shops that have plagued some of our great cities across the country for far too long .”

Channel 4 privatization

The plans to privatize Channel 4, announced in April, are part of a wider set of reform proposals for the UK broadcasting landscape.

Transferred Invoices

The government also adopted legislation that it had not finalized in the previous session of Parliament.

These include the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act, which aims to prevent restrictions on free speech at universities, the Animal Welfare Act (animal husbandry), and the Online Safety Act, a long-awaited law to prevent cyberflashing and online stalking, among others online damage.

What is not expected in the speech?

It is unclear whether there will be more powers for a watchdog to regulate tech giants like Facebook and Google and encourage competition in the industry.

According to the Financial Times, a labor law aimed at the right to flexible work has also been dropped.

Bill reforming the planning system in England is also unlikely to be included after a backlash from Conservative MPs in southern constituencies.

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Justin Scacco

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