Queen's speech does not mention Trump's United Kingdom visit

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

Ministers insisted Donald Trump's controversial visit to Britain will go ahead despite it not being listed in the Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme for the next two years. She described the support on the ground after the Grenfell Tower blaze as "not good enough, " and said that it failed to help people when they needed it the most.

And "dementia tax" proposals for social care reform were downgraded to "options" in a public consultation.

The confirmation comes after Trump's planned state visit to the United Kingdom was noticeably absent from Queen Elizabeth's speech to the British Parliament. Others include a Civil Liability Bill, created to mitigate the "compensation culture" around motoring insurance claims, a bill focusing on domestic violence and abuse, and a bill preventing landlords from charging letting fees.

She said her government would seek "to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the European Union", amid divisions within her own cabinet over the best strategy.

"As prime minister, I apologize for that failure, " she said.

Conservative sources said talks with the DUP were "ongoing" after the Northern Irish party warned its support can not be "taken for granted". Instead, May lost her majority as many voters shunned the government's approach to Brexit and rebelled against seven years of austerity.

But his claim to head a "government in waiting" was given short shrift by the PM, who mockingly praised him for having "fought a spirited campaign and come a good second". "That was pushed back as a result of the election".

Lawmakers will have to approve the speech in a vote, expected next Thursday, that will be a de facto vote of confidence.

The focus on Brexit was clear as eight of 27 bills outlined in the queen's speech dealt with the technicalities of ending Britain's membership in the EU. "It will work to tackle the threat of terrorism at source by continuing the United Kingdom's leading role in global military action to destroy Daesh in Iraq and Syria", the Queen's speech read.

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