The speech was dominated by Bills that will help support the Brexit process as the UK embarks on its journey to leave the European Union.
As well as a bill to convert EU rules into UK law – the so called Great Repeal Bill - there are measures on trade, customs, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear, space and sanctions.
Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart said:
“The eight Bills that relate to Brexit demonstrate how seriously this Government is looking at the processes and how we can make the most of our exit from the EU. Making a success of Brexit is vitally important for our economy in Milton Keynes, as is continued investment in our infrastructure. We need to create an environment where we can build on our achievements and attract more investment and more highly skilled and well paid jobs. “
In addition to the Brexit Bills a number of domestic Bills were included such as:
- a Civil Liability Bill, looking at addressing the "compensation culture" of whiplash and other motoring insurance claims to help bring down the cost of premiums;
- a Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, establishing a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner;
- a Tenant's Fees Bill, banning landlords from charging "letting fees" saving a renter in MK on average £223 per tenancy;
- and a High-Speed Two Bill to authorise the second leg of the rail link from Birmingham to Crewe which will help reduce overcrowding on commuter trains from MK.
Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster said:
“These are very positive proposals that will make a real difference to people’s lives and save them money. Having dealt with some horrendous cases of domestic abuse through my office, I am very pleased to see the proposals for a new Commissioner which I hope will give them a much stronger voice.”