Brexit and health, Britain’s Johnson sets out priorities in Queen’s Speech

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his government’s plans on Thursday, fleshing out how he will honour his election-winning pledges to get Brexit done quickly and boost funding for the state health service.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to supporters on a visit to meet newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell, at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England on December 14, 2019, following his Conservative party’s general election victory. Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via REUTERS

In a ceremony that marks a new parliament, Queen Elizabeth will read out the laws which the government wants the House of Commons to approve and will pinpoint Johnson’s priorities after winning a commanding majority at last week’s national election.

The prime minister, who won over many traditional supporters of the main opposition Labour Party in northern and central England, has proclaimed he will lead a “people’s government” and will move to fulfil his pledge to “get Brexit done”.

The Queen’s Speech will include new legislation needed to implement the future relationship Johnson has promised to agree with the EU by the end of 2020. He plans to pass the laws needed to finalise the divorce agreement by Jan. 31.

He will also cement his commitment to spend more on Britain’s much-loved but struggling National Health Service by prioritising legislation to guarantee funding increases, rising to an extra 33.9 billion pounds per year by 2023-24.

“The NHS is the single grea


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