Queen Elizabeth's speech: New law to end free movement for EU citizens post-Brexit

Published: Oct 15, 2019, 10:22 IST | Agencies | London

Queen Elizabeth II announced in a speech to lawmakers a list of 26 new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalised EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing and the environment

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords on Monday. Pic/AFP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords on Monday. Pic/AFP

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government's priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen, with Brexit on top of the agenda. But with time running out for an amicable divorce deal before EU leaders meet later this week, few of the proposals look likely to be enacted, with predictions of a snap poll.

Queen Elizabeth II announced in a speech to lawmakers a list of 26 new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalised EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing and the environment. "My government's priority has always been to secure the UK's departure from the European Union on October 31," she said, delivering words written by government officials.

The raft of policies outlined included plans for an EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill to enshrine in British law a deal that Johnson is still racing to agree with Brussels, before the scheduled departure date. The government's programme set out legislation to end freedom of movement for EU citizens after Brexit, and outlined a new immigration system that will come into effect in 2021.

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