Boris Johnson has said the Queen’s speech will include a “super seven” set of bills drafted to maximise the benefits of Brexit and slash red tape. The flagship legislation will be a new Brexit Freedoms Bill aiming to slash EU regulatory “red tape” which remains in UK law after leaving the bloc.
Public Order Bill to prevent highly disruptive tactics by political activists causing misery to the hard-working public, costing millions in taxpayers’ money and putting lives at risk.
Bill of Rights
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab Raab has indicated the Government wants to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights.
The Justice Secretary said the proposal would result in “less shifting of the goalposts, less elastic interpretations of human rights”, adding that people find the current law “frustrating in the context of deporting foreign national offenders”.
The Human Rights Act put the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law, but it has been criticised by successive Tory administrations over the way it has been interpreted.
Ministers will crack down on truancy, strengthen the powers of the education watchdogs Ofsted and reform the funding system in new legislation to create “a school system that works for every child”.
Under plans in the Schools Bill, England’s schools would be required to publish an attendance policy and there will be compulsory registers for children who are not in classrooms so the authorities can identify who is not receiving a full-time education. The measures will ensure pupils benefit from “every possible hour in the classroom”, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said.
A Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill is expected to give local leaders new powers to rejuvenate high streets, by forcing landlords to rent out empty shop units. Communities Secretary Michael Gove has said: “By empowering local communities to rent out shops which have been sat empty for a year or longer, we will end the scourge of boarded up shops that have blighted some of our great towns across the country for far too long.”
A Procurement Bill is expected to give small and medium sized businesses a better opportunity to compete for Government contracts.
Animal Welfare Bill
Proposed legislation will seek to protect animals from cruelty and crack down on puppy smuggling although a proposed ban on foie gras is understood to have been dropped.
The Government is expected to use the speech to bring forward changes to Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Privatisation of Channel 4
Plans to privatise Channel 4, announced in April, are part of a wider series of reforms proposed for the UK’s broadcasting landscape.
Bills carried over from the previous session of Parliament
The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill aimed at preventing curbs on free speech in universities, the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, and the Online Safety Bill, a long-awaited piece of legislation aimed at preventing cyberflashing and online stalking, among other online harms.