The official opening of the new session of the British Parliament — typically every spring — is marked with great pomp and ceremony dating back centuries as the monarch sets out the sitting government’s legislative agenda.
Prince Charles has stood in for Queen Elizabeth II at the state opening of Parliament, delivering the speech outlining the government’s planned new legislation.
The increasingly-frail monarch missed the ceremony for the first time in sixty years, sending her son, daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge and grandson Prince William in her place.
On crime, the government will continue to crack down on human trafficking rings across the English Channel and North Sea, along with the wave of protests by environmentalists.
Police will be given new powers to rule the streets, while other legislation will further strengthen powers to tackle illicit finance, reduce economic crime and help businesses grow.
Her Majesty’s Government will continue to seize the opportunities of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, to support economic growth, while a new British Bill of Rights will replace the Human Rights Act passed to conform with EU norms.
Regulations on businesses will be repealed and reformed, Charles said, with a new Brexit Freedoms Bill that will enable law inherited from the European Union to be more easily amended.
Claims by Irish republican party Sinn Fein that the government was ready to abandon the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU withdrawal agreement were also addressed.
The Procurement Bill will mean public sector procurement will be simplified to provide new opportunities for small businesses to also tender for government contracts. The planning system will be reformed to give residents more involvement in local development.
The PM and his opposition arch-enemy Sir Keir Starmer were seen sharing a light-hearten moment when Johnson joked that the embattled Labor leader had enjoyed a quiet weekend.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point UK News 2022.