Queen Elizabeth II has outlined the Conservative government's agenda, as part of the official opening of Parliament. Not surprisingly, the main priority for Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the UK exit from the European Union.
The Queen is celebrating her birthday in somewhat muted style this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ceremonial displays have been abandoned as the monarch deemed it inappropriate amid the pandemic.
Ahead of the fourth round of Brexit talks, the EU's chief negotiator says the economic fallout from COVID-19 makes a trade deal all the more vital. Michel Barnier also accused the UK of falling behind on its commitments.
Queen Elizabeth II outlined the Conservative government's plans for Brexit, as part of the official opening of Parliament. It was her second such address in under two months.
The final formality for the withdrawal bill was confirmed when Queen Elizabeth II gave royal assent. PM Boris Johnson yesterday praised the legislation, saying "we have done it" after it was ratified by UK lawmakers.
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