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UNITED KINGDOM


THE QUEEN’S SPEECH DELIVERED TO BOTH HOUSES IN THE U.K.


H.M Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, delivering the speech during the State opening of Parliament


Her Majesty opened the final Session of the current Parliament on 4 June 2014. The occasion was marked with the usual ceremonies, leading up to the reading of the Queen’s Speech to both Houses of Parliament from the throne in the House of Lords. The Speech opened what will be an eventful year in British politics, with the referendum on Scottish independence to be held on


18 September and the General Election due next May. The speech combined domestic and international themes as well as measures on small businesses, deregulation targets, greater devolution for Scotland and Wales, pension and saving reforms and stronger protection for the minimum wage sat alongside a commitment to peace and security in Europe,


the promotion of reform in the European Union and the announcement of a state visit to France to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.


Some of the measures to gain attention from outside Westminster included proposals to reduce the usage of plastic carrier bags, free school meals for infants and a commitment


to introduce a Bill allowing Members of Parliament to be recalled from office under certain circumstances. Inside Westminster, debate on the Queen’s Speech began, as is traditional, at 2:30 on the same day – following the formal reading of the Outlawries Bill, a device to signal the House of Common’s independence from the Monarch. Debate on the Queen’s


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