Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Nigel Farage "Concerned" After Trump's State Visit Is Put In Doubt

Dozens of people have taken to social media to discuss the Queen's choice of hat today- with many claiming the blue and yellow number closely resembles the European flag Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech
Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 16:04

Proposals to scrap the winter fuel allowance for well-off pensioners, end automatic 2.5 percent pension rises, expand grammar schools and end free school lunches for all infants have been dropped, while reforms to social care funding would be put out to consultation and a cap on some energy tariffs considered further.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "An invitation has been extended and accepted". Prime Minister Theresa May invited the United States leader after they were pictured holding hands together on the White House lawn in January.

The Queen's Speech covered a vast array of topics but did not mention Donald Trump's upcoming visit to the United Kingdom.

British businesses generally welcomed the prime minister's softer rhetoric, while calling for her to provide more detail on her plans.

Speculation that the visit had indeed been canceled grew on Wednesday after Queen Elizabeth failed to mention Trump during a speech marking the opening of Parliament.

Capito says she can't support GOP health care bill
The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law. The bill also preserves some entitlements, scaring off Cruz and Paul who want a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act .

Buckingham Palace confirmed it was a precautionary measure following the treatment of an infection.

This year's speech was dominated by Brexit and will cover a two-year period instead of one to give MPs time to deliberate on laws needed to leave the European Union (EU) - irrespective of the final deal agreed with Brussels.

The prime minister urged MPs to "seize this moment of national change" to unite and work for a fairer country.

Even before news of Prince Philip's illness, the government had announced that the speech would be delivered with less pageantry than normal a result of the timing of the snap election. The state opening took place only days after another huge annual event, Trooping the Color, a celebration of the queen's birthday.

The queen wore a blue hat dotted with a circle of yellow-centered flowers that prompted many on social media to suggest that she was offering a nod to the European Union flag.

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