Queen’s Speech: UK gov’t sets focus on ‘national recovery’

London May 11 (EFE).- Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday said the United Kingdom’s government would focus its agenda on a “national recovery” to make the country stronger and more prosperous than before the pandemic.

The Queen’s Speech, which is written by the government, sets out the policies the UK’s executive will pursue in the coming year.

“To achieve this, my government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services,” the Queen added, reading the statement from the throne in the House of Lords, the UK’s upper chamber of parliament.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the Conservative Party, then defended the content of the agenda during a debate with MPs in the House of Commons, the lower chamber.

It was the Queen’s first public act since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April.

She was accompanied by her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

“My government will protect the health of the nation, continuing the vaccination program and providing additional funding to support the National Health Service (NHS),” the Queen added.

“My government will build on the success of the vaccination program to lead the world in life sciences, pioneering new treatments against diseases like cancer and securing jobs and investment across the country.”

The speech contained 26 proposed laws including measures on policing, transport and voter IDs. EFE


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