Brexit and the National Health Service are Britain’s main priorities, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson gets set to run a new government.
Queen Elizabeth set out the prime minister’s legislative agenda, in a ceremony marking the new parliament.
She delivered a speech that outlined plans for the coming year, and listed the legislation the government aims to pass.
Pledges include delivering Britain’s exit from the European Union at the end of January.
“My Lords and members of the House of Commons, my government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on the 31st of January. My ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on that date and to make the most of the opportunities that this brings for all the people of the United Kingdom.”
“For the first time the National Health Service’s multi-year funding settlement, agreed earlier this year, will be enshrined in law. Steps will be taken to grow and support the National Health Service’s workforce, and a new visa will ensure qualified doctors, nurses and health professionals have fast track entry to the United Kingdom.”
“A modern, fair, points-based immigration system will welcome skilled workers from across the world to contribute to the United Kingdom’s economy, communities and public services,” Queen Elizabeth said.