The Queen’s Speech will be fast-tracked and held before Christmas if Boris Johnson wins the general election, as he seeks to ram through his Brexit deal within weeks.
Downing Street said a session of the new parliament will be held on Tuesday 17 December if there is no change in government, allowing time for the traditional swearing in of new MPs.
Two days later, the government will then hold a Queen’s Speech – setting out the prime minister’s policy agenda and marking the start of a new parliamentary year.
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If Jeremy Corbyn wins the election and there is a change of government, however, it will be for the new Labour administration to set out its own timetable.
It was not clear whether a meaningful vote will be held before Christmas, but Mr Johnson said last week it would be his “present to the nation” to bring back the Brexit withdrawal bill before the festive break.
“As families sit down to carve up their turkeys this Christmas, I want them to enjoy their festive-season free from the seemingly unending Brexit box-set drama,” the prime minister said.
It will be the second time in just three months the Queen has been requested to address MPs and peers, after delivering a speech setting out Mr Johnson’s vision for government in September.
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