The first Queen’s Speech of Mr Johnson’s premiership, delivered during the State Opening of Parliament on Monday, will see the government highlight its priorities.
Measures to help the UK prosper after Brexit are to be set out and plans to end the free movement of EU citizens into the UK and provide faster access to medicines will be unveiled.
BBC reports that ministers say a Brexit deal is a “priority” and they hope one can be passed through Parliament “at pace”.
Johnson was reported saying “Getting Brexit done by 31 October is absolutely crucial, and we are continuing to work on an exit deal so we can move on to negotiating a future relationship based on free trade and friendly co-operation with our European friends.
“But the people of this country don’t just want us to sort out Brexit… this optimistic and ambitious Queen’s Speech sets us on a course to make all that happen, and more besides.” The government says the Queen’s Speech will introduce measures to allow the UK to “seize the opportunities that Brexit presents”.
The Immigration and Social Co-ordination Bill proposes an end freedom of movement and a points-based immigration system from 2021.
Plans for an NHS investigations body, serious and violent crime, building standards, infrastructure and investment in science will also be detailed in the 22 bills. An environment bill will set legally binding targets to reduce plastics and cut air pollution, while a white paper will propose an overhaul of the railway franchising system.
But Labour has criticised the decision to hold a Queen’s Speech before any general election as a “stunt” and “a pre-election party political broadcast” for the Tories.