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the queen's speech in westminster — it's dominated by brexit as the government sets out its agenda for the next two years. it was a scaled—back state opening. the queen arrived by car rather than carriage for the first time since 1974 — to deliver the queen's speech. my ministers are committed to working with parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the european union. 27 bills have been announced — eight concerning brexit — among the others, proposals on terror legislation and domestic violence. prince charles accompanied the queen — after the duke of edinburgh was admitted to hospital last night for precautionary treatment. very little pomp and ceremony because of the timing of the state opening — squeezed in before the queen's engagement at royal ascot. get your skates on. the first race is that —— half
also not mentioned in the queen's speech was donald trump's planned donald trump's planned state visit later this year — raising questions about whether it will happen. the other main stories this lunchtime: it could be a record breaking midsummer‘s day with temperatures in parts of the uk expected to hit a forty year high. and triple oscar winner daniel day lewis announces he is retiring from acting after more than a0 years in the film industry. and coming up in sport later in the hour on bbc news. after six games on tour, some tough choices for warren gatland. he will name his lions fifteen to face the all blacks later today. good afternoon from westminster where the queen has delivered
the government's legislative programme — what it plans to do — for the next two years at the state opening of parliament. the queen's speech had brexit very much at its core — with a commitment to make sure the uk makes a success of brexit. but many of the prime minister's general election pledges were not included — after the conservatives lost their overall majority in the commons. it was a very scaled back there and the queen was accompanied by prince charles after the duke of edinburgh was taken to hospital last night. first tier is eleanor ghani. no golden carriage and no horses. this is addressed down queen's speech. the crown not worn but travelling to parliament in a car of its own. a little time for
preparations, the full pomp and ceremony has been slimmed down. bar the door. following centuries of tradition, black rod sent to summon mps to the warrants. theresa may had hoped to be commanding a strong majority. instead she's been left turning to the dup for support and it's the labour leader who has been left looking more confident of the two. the duke of edinburgh, normally a co nsta nt two. the duke of edinburgh, normally a constant at the queen's side. today ill in hospital as her majesty delivered the queen's speech for the city fourth time. my government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves of the european union. my ministers are committed to working with parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the european union. brexit
is the central theme. eight bill is devoted to the complex process of filling out —— leaving the eu, covering areas like immigration, agriculture and trade. my government will seek to maintain a deep and special partnership with the european allies, forging new trading relationships across the globe. but this is a moderated version of theresa may's manifesto. no mention of tory plans to expand grammar schools, and controversial proposals to overhaul social care funding, reduced only to a consultation. there are 27 bills and draft bills in theresa may's first queen's speech including measures for a review of counter—terrorism to deal with extremists and protect the public. a draft of domestic violence and abuse build to bring in new protection and sentencing powers, and legislation to update and strengthen data protection laws giving people more control over their data. the queen's speech
itself looks at what we need to do in order to deliver brexit, which is clearly something we have to do. the country clearly something we have to do. the cou ntry voted clearly something we have to do. the country voted on it. but also it is about delivering economic prosperity and fairness. but labour said not enough was mentioned about investing more in public services. we have had seven years of this conservative austerity and i think this was a very big factor in the general election. it is why theresa may did not get the majority she wanted and yet we have seen no recognition of that. the snp accused the government of hollow words over brexit. we have heard the same tired language, securing the best deal possible, but i'io securing the best deal possible, but no detail in what that means. the speech says that the government is committed to working with devolved governments and business but we need action on this, not words. after failing to win a majority at the general election, theresa may has said that her government will respond to the message from voters with humility and resolved but the lack of support means delivering this two year plan for government would be a day by day fight for survival in parliament. the queen
has now fulfilled her duties and the tasks for the prime minister are stacking up. 11 days on, still no deal with the dup. theresa may knows that having effectively lost the tory crown, delivering this programme for government will be difficult. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. i'm joined now by our assistant political editor, norman smith. so it was dominated by brexit but how much do we know now, how much more about the form it will take? well, i cannot recall a queen's speech in recent years so short of pretty much all major domestic legislation, beyond brexit. yes, of course there are important bills on providing more support for victims of domestic violence, cracking down on insurance fraud, i knew advocates to represent reeve victims after disasters like a grown full tower, but all the standout, emblematic, symbolic policies of the manifesto
had basically gone or been shelved. grammar schools, gone, the cap on energy bills passed on to a consultation, and that is notjust because theresa may lacks a majority, it is because of brexit. brexit is this gargantuan, massive task that is risking squeezing the life out of this parliament. and with no time or political wherewithal to do anything else, it sits like a great big hungry have a lump on top of parliament, were presenting a threat to theresa may. —— hungry heffalump. so this provides a mine of opportunity for opposition parties and the critics in her own party to cause her all sorts of grief. and the real u na nswered sorts of grief. and the real unanswered question is this. would defeat on any one of those bills be tantamount to a vote of no—confidence in theresa may? and many in westminster believe it would. norma smith, for now, thank you. —— norman's notes.
prince philip did not accompany the queen this morning as expected. buckingham palace announced that he had been admitted to hospital last night for treatment as a "precautionary measure". our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell is at royal ascot — where the queen and the duke of edinburgh were both expected later today. the queen is on our way there but the duke of edinburgh is in hospital and we are told that it is precautionary? the most important thing to say, i think, is that there is absolutely no sense of alarm among royal officials. the duke was with the queen at the opening day of royal ascot. he was with her at the trooping the colour ceremony on saturday. both very hot days and that may be significant. he was taken by that may be significant. he was ta ken by road that may be significant. he was taken by road from windsor castle last night to hospital in london. to what officials are describing as a precautionary measure, or a treatment for an infection resides —— an infection arising from a pre—existing condition. in 2013 he
had exploratory surgery on his abdomen and made a good recovery. his health in the last few years has been good. however, he is 96. according to officials, he is in good spirits in hospital and he has been up and about. disappointed at not being able to accompany the queen to the state 0pening not being able to accompany the queen to the state opening of parliament ought to be at royal ascot this afternoon. but the queen would be here in less than an hour for the carriage ride down the course, and i think the fact that she is continuing with her programme, unchanged, sends the strongest possible signal that there is no cause for undue concern. well, this morning the queen also announced a review of the government's counter—terror strategy following the recent attacks in manchester and london. it comes as britain's most senior counter—terror officer delivered a stark warning to ministers over the impact on the police force as they attempt to contain the unprecedented threat. 0ur correspondent jonny dymond reports. bombing the soldiers in the crisp
dress uniforms, shirtsleeved armed police stand guard. spotters keep watch over the palace of westminster from every vantage point. everywhere, reminders, if they were needed, of the heightened state of alert. this is the police response to terror from alert. this is the police response to terrorfrom inside alert. this is the police response to terror from inside the palace. the response of the government. to terror from inside the palace. the response of the governmentm the light of the terrorist attacks in manchester and london, my government's counterterrorism strategy will be reviewed to ensure that the police and security services have all the powers that they need and that the length of custodial sentences for terrorism related offences is sufficient to keep the population safe. but the police have more urgent concerns. britain's top counterterror police
officer, mark rowley, wrote to the home secretary last week. he told her that prioritising counterterror would involve difficult choices. he warned of a potentially significant impact on other police operations and he asked the home secretary to avoid uncertainty over funding so that the police could plan properly. from the head of london's police today, an admission that policing terror was stretching the met. we are shifting resources and people across the met. it does have an impact on other investigations. we have had to pause a sombre and slow down some. and that is just a necessity. —— we have had to pause some. the government says it has boosted money to counterterrorism but the police say they are stretched. to all the challenges, police chiefs have added another.
the resources to keep crime under control. johnny dimond, bbc news. social care and how to pay for it was a major plank of the conservative's election campaign but today's queen speech made little of it. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holtjoins me now. has it been shelved? well, we're told that it hasn't been shelved but there is no real detail. certainly not in the queen's speech. and the language that we hear being used more generally, i would say there has been a shift in tone from what we were hearing during much of the election. the language of building widespread support, discussions across the care sector, a wider public debate, it is the sort of language or building consensus, that we heard from the other main parties during the election in their manifestos. the government describes this as one of the most profound issues facing the nation. and there are certainly many people who would say you have actually got to get politicians
working together if you are ever going to solve the real problem is that social care has. there is no direct mention of a cap on care costs, of the higher care costs, and this is the issue that proves so toxic for the tories when it was not mentioned in the manifesto. but we told that there will be consultation and that it will happen. legislation is already there if they choose to use it. but the big question is how swiftly do they go from consultation to action? many people say that the crisis is there now, and the fear is that the consultation could be just one way of kicking a difficult issue into the long grass. there is no mention either in the queen's speech of another big conservative manifesto pledge to end the ban on new grammar schools. instead the queen said the government would "work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend a good school and that
all schools are fairly funded". it comes as a group of head teachers in england are writing to parents about what they call the growing funding crisis in schools. 0ur education correspondent, gillian hargreaves reports. these boys are from the 5% of schoolchildren of england and wales... unashamedly traditional, unashamedly elitist. grammar schools may have provided a rigorous academic education for the most able children, at selection at the age of 11 divided opinion. with many saying it was unfair to those children who did not get in. which is why 20 yea rs did not get in. which is why 20 years ago labour stopped more being built. what do you think is going to happen? but theresa may became prime minister and she promised a new generation of these types of schools. saying that grammar schools would be a way of helping the poorest children improve life chances. but that was before a general election that led to the conservatives weakened. general election that led to the conservatives weakenedlj general election that led to the conservatives weakened. i think grammar schools have been controversial in the conservative party as well as in the other parties. theresa may would have
needed a healthy tory majority in the house of commons to push this policy through. the fact is that she has lost her majority and lost the opportunity to take this policy forward. the government has hinted that it will look at the issue of school funding, which caused widespread processed among parents and teachers who said that schools need more money. in the election campaign it was an issue on the doorsteps. we are going to see larger class sizes from september, fewer subjects choices unless the government acts urgently to tell headteachers they will be getting a funding uplift. we want that to happen very soon. however, the queen's speech did not mention a conservative manifesto proposal to scrap free school lunches for pupils in england. again, it was unpopular with voters and with no majority in the house of commons, it would be difficult to reverse a policy introduced three years ago. gillian hargreaves, bbc news. well, laws relating
to brexit will dominate the new parliamentary session — which will cover the next two years. reality check‘s chris morris looks at the scale of the task ahead. it was billed as the brexit election. even though it didn't always feel that way. but now the uk's departure from the eu is set to dominate the next parliament. inevitably the queen's speech, the biggest chunk is of bills relating to brexit, that's the overwhelming issue facing the government and parliament over the next two years. and as the government embarks on the most daunting set of negotiations this country has faced in decades, so to this new parliament, with no strong governing majority, will have to deal with an unprecedented legislative challenge. the main piece of legislation has been named by the government as the great repeal bill. and yes, it will repeal the european communities act and take us out of the eu. but its main purpose is really to transpose thousands and thousands of eu rules and regulations into british law, potentially as many as 20,000
pieces of legislation. the idea is to avoid a legal and financial vacuum when we leave. you're also going to be hearing quite a bit about this guy. henry viii. a henry viii clause allows the government to repeal or amend primary legislation without further parliamentary scrutiny, you can sneak it through when no one is looking. and in the brexit process, that could prove controversial. and then there are a series of bills which will need to be passed as a result of brexit. we need a new immigration policy, a new trade policy, there will be a customs bill. new policies on agriculture and fisheries. then we need a new international sanctions policy and there will be a nuclear safeguards bill because we're going to be leaving the eu nuclear agency. right now we know very little detail on any of these bills. but they are going to be the nuts and bolts of brexit. and they will keep this parliament extremely busy.
it will be a really big task to not only manage the great repeal bill, but these other bills that will be really important to shaping life after brexit. and there's the rub, the government has to push all this through with the most unstable majority imaginable. expect rebellions, threats and uncertainty. chris morris, bbc news. there's so much to get through over the next two years. and the conservatives have no parliamentary georgie. there is still no official deal between the democratic unionists and the minority conservative government. 0ur northern ireland political editor, mark devenport, joins me here in westminster. there was speculation that we could have an announcement on a deal as early as tomorrow morning. the dup we re early as tomorrow morning. the dup were thought to have rubber—stamped
negotiations but senior ministers today acknowledged a deal may not be possible and we know there are big financial asks from the dup and that could be causing problems in the treasury. such as? for instance took about £1 billion in extra health funding for northern ireland, 1 billion in extra infrastructure spending. we do not know if that is the precise ask but you can imagine in relation to that and other dup demand is likely to do with lowering corporation tax locally or cutting air passenger duty, they all have financial consequences and the government with its narrow majority will know it will come in for severe criticism if it is looking to buy the votes of the dup. thank you very much. more from me in a few minutes but first back to my colleague ben brown in the studio. our top story this lunchtime. the government has set out the range of measures it hopes to bring into law over the next two years —
with brexit at the top of the agenda. and still to come... the chief executive of uber has resigned following months of turmoil at the company. coming up in sport later on bbc news. england's cricketers are back in the action later today, they are in southampton playing the first of three 20/20 matches against south africa. the uk could be experiencing its hottestjune day for more than a0 years with temperatures in some parts forecast to soar to 3a degrees later today. the heatwave has seen five sizzling days in a row for the country, with temperatures topping 30c since saturday. 0ur correspondent, duncan kennedy reports from reading. the sight and sound of summer.
at the stones where dawn and legend combine in almost mystical unison. and where around 13,000 people came to the stonehenge solstice. it was a different kind of tradition, underway at this shelter in berkshire. nhs england has asked elderly people especially to be careful of this kind of heat. how much heat can you take? not a lot. i'm one of these people that if i have any time worth talking about the sun, then i go like a rotten banana. what do you make of these temperatures? very hot. too hot? too hot, yes. in many places the only breeze is man—made. and when it comes to potential records being broken in reading we are
reading all about it. is it uncomfortable, this kind of temperature, around the 30 degrees mark. is that too much? no, i can cope with it. yes. you just take a few more clothes off. gets embarrassing, eventually! you need a special kind of coat to attempt this. 0fficial advice is be very careful of swimming in open water. but are we heading for a record—breaking june? the temperatures today are expected to rise between 33 and 3a degrees. if we get to 33.9, then it will be the warmestjune day since 1976. but as always, we are one country divided by a common summer. this was newcastle this morning. southern areas have so far missed that. here the long stretch of sun still playing out. across the longest of days.
we are already at 31 degrees here in berkshire and elsewhere temperature already climbing. but that mystical 34 already climbing. but that mystical 3a degrees, that is still not clear when we are going to reach that. in other parts of the country more northerly areas, the weather is breaking down a little with sundry storms. here in the south the sun is expected to continue for a while longer but even here temperatures expected to drop a little in the next few days. the bomb set off at brussels' busiest railway station last night consisted of nails and gas bottles, placed inside a suitcase. prosecutors say the suspect shouted and set off a partial explosion, which was followed by a more violent blast. a soldier patrolling nearby shot and killed the suspect, who was a 36 year old moroccan. no one else was injured. the charity single for the victims and survivors of the grenfell tower fire has been released this morning.
# likea # like a bridge over troubled water... the version of simon and garfunkel‘s ‘bridge over troubled water‘ features artists including paloma faith, robbie williams and rita 0ra. simon cowell organised the recording after a visit to the tower block — which he says left a big impact on him. the founder of uber, travis kalanick, has resigned as chief executive after mounting unrest about the company's business methods. uber has persistently attracted controversy, including problems with regulators and protests by established taxi firms and drivers in the cities in which it operates. rory cellan—jones reports. it is on a mission to change the way we see city transport. but around the world uber has clashed with regulators and taxi drivers
wherever it has gone. and has seemed relaxed about that. but now its chief executive travis kalanick, who set the tone for the company's hard charging culture, has resigned. when he visited london three years ago, i asked him about his compa ny‘s reputation. everywhere you go around the world, you're making enemies. why do you think that is? that is not exactly true. what we have seen is opposition specifically from the taxi industry, taxi companies. but beyond the external clashes it was the way that uber treated its own staff which finally did for the chief executive. allegations of a culture where bullying and sexual harassment were tolerated appear to have convinced investors that change was needed. but that has taken some time. they have been in violation over and over again of state rules, country rules, people's trust, and nothing has happened to them. and i think part of the reason is because they were making money.
so the investors were more driven by short—term returns than long—term considerations. uber‘s ambitions are unlikely to become more modest, it is trying out self driving cars on american roads. but having backed the company with huge sums, it investors now want clear evidence that it is heading in the right direction. rory cellanjones, bbc news. the star of screen and stage, daniel day lewis, has announced his retirement from acting. he turned sixty this year and is the only man to have won three best actor 0scars. he won his academy awards for my left foot, there will be blood and lincoln. here's our arts correspondent, david sillito. first i intend to sign the 13th amendment. lincoln was textbook daniel day lewis. the actor almost disappearing into the character of the president. i am the president of the united states. clothed in immense power. and it achieved something that no one had ever done before.
a third best actor 0scar. i think daniel day lewis will be remembered as one of the best actors of all time. he's terrific. he invests himself in every role, he goes the extra mile, and you really see the results on the screen. ladies and gentlemen, if i say i am an oilman, you will agree. i am a family man. there will be blood was another oscar winner. but it appears his career is now over. a statement from his spokesman simply says, he will no longer be working as an actor. there's no explanation but it has long been clear he has doubts about fame. and that phrase invests himself in every role, shorthand for an actor who takes the process very seriously. in my left foot, fellow actors said he stayed in character in the wheelchair throughout the shoots. this is fresh meat... he learned butchery for gangs of new york. but increasingly he seemed to prefer
the time he spent not acting. whether i like it or not i am a public figure. during certain periods like now. then i disappear, it seems, to people from the outside. i seem to disappear but of course in my experience i do not disappear, i'm just doing other things. there is one final film awaiting release but after that it is thank you and good night. that's all from me, let's return to sophie at westminster now. welcome back to westminster where the queen has delivered the government's legislative programme for the next two years. brexit is at the top of the agenda. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith, joins me again now. certainly not the queen's speech the prime minister would have been expecting and what a task she has ahead of her. it is hugely difficult not just for theresa may ahead of her. it is hugely difficult notjust for theresa may but maybe for all of us because the inevitable
focus on brexit mean so many of the pressing issues that we face of the country, on the nhs, social care, or the deficit, they risk being squeezed, not getting the attention they deserve because of this remorseless focus on brexit. but for theresa may it is profoundly dangerous territory. and the word that old westminster lags matter with dread as maastricht. 0lder viewers will no maastricht was the eu bill whichjohn viewers will no maastricht was the eu bill which john major as viewers will no maastricht was the eu bill whichjohn major as promised had to get through parliament in the 19905 had to get through parliament in the 1990s and it caused untold grief. it was like pulling teeth without an anaesthetic. but that was one bill, theresa may has got to get eight bills through. john major had a parliamentary majority. theresa may does not have a parliamentary majority. and the real dangerfor theresa may is the turmoil and upheaval thatjohn major faced will be as nothing to that which theresa may faces which may well make maastricht look like a walk in the
park. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. we've already seen temperatures of 31 degrees and it will be the hottest day of the year so far. before you reach 3a it will be the hottestjune before you reach 3a it will be the hottest june day for a0 before you reach 3a it will be the hottestjune day for a0 years. much hotter as well across the midlands, north east england. today we have that sunshine and that makes the difference. we have some cloud formation, and we often get this before big summertime thunderstorms break—out. a clue as to what the weather prospects hold. but for the time being a lot of dry weather around. barely a cloud in the sky for many areas and temperatures pushing up towards 3a. some