[UK] The Queens Speech

Her Majesty presented her Speech in the House of Lords marking the start of a new parliamentary session on the 14th of October 2019.  There were 22 bills as follows, 4 of which either have been carried over from the previous session or re-reintroduced:

Re Brexit

  1. European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
  2. Fisheries Bill
  3. Agriculture Bill
  4. Trade Bill
  5. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
  6. Financial Services Bill
  7. Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill


  1. Health Service Safety Investigations Bill
  2. Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill (carried over)
  3. Foreign National Offenders Bill
  4. Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill
  5. Serious Violence Bill
  6. Police Protections Bill
  7. Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill
  8. Domestic Abuse Bill (carried forward)
  9. Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill (re-introduced)
  10. Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill
  11. Pension Schemes Bill
  12. Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill
  13. Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill
  14. Environment Bill
  15. Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (re-introduced)

Global Payroll Association Comment 

It is only factual to say that this is a speech written by a government with no majority in the House of Commons.  So there is no guarantee that the government will be able to pass all of the bills.  In fact, there is no guarantee that the Queen’s Speech will pass.

This uncertainty is coupled with uncertainty over Brexit yet the government has announced the “first budget since leaving the EU” on the 6th of November 2019.  There is no guarantee that this will pass through the Commons or whether it will just be presented in the guise of an “economic statement” if there is a no deal Brexit.

With a general election a probability in the near future, both the Queen’s Speech and the Budget could be seen as electioneering by the Conservatives, outlining what would happen if they were returned to government with a majority.

Neither the Speech nor the Budget can be disregarded and the country needs both of them.  Yet it is only another factual statement to say that both take place under very unusual circumstances.