When is the Queens Speech? State Opening of Parliament explained


NOW Boris Johnson has been voted as our new Prime Minster, there will be a reopening of Parliament.

It kicks off with the Queen delivering a speech, but when is it and why does it happen?

When is the Queen’s Speech?

It is the central part of the State Opening of Parliament, only the monarch can call a Parliament together and no business can take place until the Queen reads the speech.

MPs will start to be sworn in to the House of Commons on Tuesday, which will take a few days.

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on December 19, which is when the Queen will give her speech.

Her words will then be debated on, which is expected to continue into Friday.

The House of Commons will vote on the Queen’s Speech, but the House of Lords will not.

It is expected to be a toned-down affair, with no ceremonial robes or golden carriage as the Queen last opened Parliament in October.

What happens at the State Opening of Parliament?

On Thursday, members of both Houses and guests including judges, ambassadors and high commissioners will gather in the Lords chamber for the speech.

Boris Johnson will set out what he hopes to achieve in Parliament and add to his “first 100 days” in the Queen’s speech.

He will outline the Conservative manifesto and the government’s previously announced legislative programme.

What are the key bills that will be debated?

A No 10 source said: “The PM has been very clear that we have a responsibility to deliver a better future for our country and that we must repay the public’s trust by getting Brexit done.

That’s why the first piece of legislation new MPs will vote on will be the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

“By getting Brexit done this One Nation Conservative Government will help this country move forward.

“We will invest in our National Health Service, in our schools, in creating safer streets, better hospitals and building a better Britain for everyone in this country, regardless of how they voted.

Brexit, of course, will remain the most contested subject in the Commons, though may all be done and dusted by 31 January if the Prime Minister gets his way.

Who writes the Queen’s Speech?

It’s written by the government and approved by the Cabinet.

She will travel from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament specially to deliver the speech.