This year’s Queen’s speech was delayed due to the recent snap General Election and subsequent negotiations between the Conservatives and DUP (still ongoing at the time of writing). Indeed, the next speech won’t now be until 2019 as there won’t be one in 2018 in order to give more time for parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit legislation.
So what does this year’s speech mean for charities?
Chris Walker, Senior External Relations Officer at NCVO, gives us his views in this blog article…
Two-year legislative programme
At the weekend the government announced that there would not be a Queen’s speech in 2018 as it wanted to give more time for parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit legislation. Bills fall at the end of each year-long session unless they are carried over, meaning there will be less pressure to push things through quickly. Though some critics have pointed out that this also helps the government avoid a potentially awkward vote on next year’s Queen’s speech.
It is likely however that a significant amount of time will be given over to MPs and peers to discuss the detail of Brexit legislation so this could provide an opportunity for charities to really influence the detail. Following the election, few votes will be a formality in the way they would have been in a parliament with a strong government majority, and given the commitment to allow proper scrutiny, it’s likely parliament will seek to assert itself. It’s particularly worth looking out for votes on programme motions, which set out how much time MPs will have to debate individual bills – MPs often argue they don’t have enough time to scrutinise legislation, but this time they may vote to give themselves more.
The centrepiece of the Queen’s speech is the repeal bill, which will convert EU law to UK law and allow technical changes to be made to ensure the law operates effectively on the day we leave. These changes will mostly be made through statutory instruments, which require significantly less parliamentary scrutiny, so it is essential that safeguards are in place to ensure that this procedure is only used for technical amendments and not substantive policy changes.
The bill itself is likely to be relatively short, setting out a framework for change rather than tackling the detail, but parliamentarians in both houses will be sceptical of too much power being held in the hands of the executive.
You can read the FULL article at: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2017/06/21/what-does-the-queens-speech-mean-for-charities/