Boris Johnson would hold a Queen’s Speech on December 19 if he wins the election as he vows to ‘get Brexit done’ by January 31
- Boris Johnson would hold a Queen’s Speech on December 19 if he wins election
- The Prime Minister wants to rush through his EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill
- Mr Johnson has insisted Brexit must being legally complete by January 31
Boris Johnson would hold a Queen’s Speech on December 19 if he wins the election as he vows to ‘get Brexit done’.
Downing Street said the state opening of Parliament would go ahead with ‘reduced ceremonial elements’ if the Tories win a majority in the vote a week earlier.
The PM has pledged to re-introduce his Withdrawal Agreement Bill – which would ratify the deal he struck with Brussels – in December as an ‘early Christmas present’ for voters.
The prospect of MPs sitting on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to push through the legislation has not been ruled out.
A No10 spokesman said: ‘Should this Prime Minister return, the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech will follow on Thursday December 19.
Boris Johnson (pictured at the Royal Welsh Showground today) would hold a Queen’s Speech on December 19 if he wins the election as he vows to ‘get Brexit done’
‘The state opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements, as was the case following the early general election in 2017.
‘This is due both to the early General Election and the proximity of the state opening to Christmas.’
The last state opening took place on October 14, 10 days before Mr Johnson made his successful call for the General Election to take place.
Downing Street made clear that if Mr Johnson failed to remain PM then it would be up to the incoming government to set ‘a more usual timetable’, which Government officials would expect to take place in January.
It is understood the Queen would attend to deliver the speech on December 19, with the Prince of Wales.
It is understood the Queen would attend to deliver the speech on December 19, with the Prince of Wales. The monarch is pictured during the last State Opening on October 14
MPs have been summoned to meet on December 17 to be sworn in over two days after Lindsay Hoyle takes his seat as the new Commons Speaker, but typically they would break early for Christmas.
Theresa May’s new Parliament after she lost her majority in 2017 also saw a lessening of the pomp and grandeur of the opening ceremony, with the Queen not wearing her crown or travelling in a horse-drawn carriage.
Ahead of his manifesto launch on Sunday, Mr Johnson said he hoped bringing back the Bill before Christmas would alleviate chatter of the EU departure.
‘As families sit down to carve up their turkeys this Christmas, I want them to enjoy their festive-season free from the seemingly unending Brexit box-set drama,’ he said in a statement.
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