The Government of the United Kingdom presented this Tuesday through Charles III the legislative priorities for the most immediate period, with arguments in favor of toughening penalties or limiting the irregular arrival of immigrants, although the focus has been on this occasion in the ceremony itself, as it is the new monarch’s first king’s speech.
The last time a king spoke on behalf of the Government was in 1950, with George VI. For seven decades, the late Elizabeth II was in charge of delivering a symbolic speech that began the parliamentary course at the Palace of Westminster, a witness that is now echoed by her eldest son and which has once again had the main political leaders as spectators, including the first Minister, Rishi Sunak.
A speech without surprises
Charles III has appeared accompanied by Queen Camilla to outline more than twenty laws, in a speech without major announcements or surprises that has maintained some of the main lines that the Executive was already advancing, for example with “tougher sentences” for serious crimes or stricter surveillance protocols In public places.
In the immigration field, London remains determined to pursue “the dangerous and illegal” transit of boats in the English Channel, while in the health sector it promises to reduce waiting lists and move towards “a smoke-free generation”, restricting sale not only of tobacco but also of vaping devices, the consumption of which is worrying among minors.
The United Kingdom also aspires to take advantage of the supposed “advantages” of breaking with the European Union to “make the economy more competitive”, which opens the door to betting on emerging sectors such as autonomous cars and intelligence. artificial.
The prime minister has defended that the speech read by Charles III outlines measures for “a better United Kingdom”, while for the Labor opposition, favorite in the polls, it summarizes “a rather pathetic program of fixes”, in some initial assessments prior to a wider debate in the House of Commons, the BBC reports.
At street level, the event has also given rise to anti-monarchy mobilizations, with groups gathered in front of Westminster with banners that read ‘Not my king’ and which have already become a recurring theme in the main public events of the British royal family.