British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday promised to listen more to businesses’ concerns about Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opened parliament by announcing the government’s programme for the next two years.
Chastened by an election result which left her Conservative Party short of a majority in parliament, May also watered down pledges on social care reform, education, corporate governance and energy markets.
The queen told lawmakers from both the upper and lower houses of parliament that the government is committed to building “the widest possible consensus” on Brexit, working with parliament, devolved administrations, business and others.
What is usually a ceremonial address, dominated by costumed pageantry, has become a crucial test of May’s ability to run the country during its most testing period for generations.
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