Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Newspaper column 5 July - The Queen's Speech

Last week in Parliament we saw the successful passing of the Queen’s Speech. The Queen's Speech is the first act of a new Government and presents a legislative programme of the laws which the Government wants to pass during the course of the next two years.

This year’s Queen’s Speech was particularly important as its main feature is the Great Repeal Bill, the process that will formally repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the European Union and meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the British Parliament. It will also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Also under this Bill, all existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law to ensure a smooth transition on the day after Brexit. As such, this is one of the largest legislative projects ever undertaken in the UK and one that is crucial for the upcoming Brexit process.

Also in the Queen’s Speech there were a number of measures designed to grow the economy for the whole country. Throughout my time as MP for St Austell and Newquay I have been clear that building a stronger economy for Mid-Cornwall, with highly skilled, all year round jobs, is a real priority for me, as a strong economy allows investment in many of the infrastructure and other projects that we want and need.

In the Queens Speech, I saw a message of hope, a plan of action, and a clear commitment to deliver for the economies for the South West and for Cornwall specifically.

In particular the speech contains legislation that when introduced will ensure the United Kingdom remains a world leader in new industries, including electric cars and commercial satellites.

There seems little doubt that our roads will soon be occupied by an increasing number of electric vehicles. These will require batteries to power them on their way. The recent discovery of significant deposits of Lithium (one of the rarest metals on earth) in Cornwall – a vital component for all the batteries required for these new cars, spells good news for Cornwall and a potential great revival of not only mining the metal but also in becoming a centre for manufacturing of batteries, creating many new, skilled, well paid jobs in our communities.

Commercial Satellites, another key government prioritised industry, specifically mentioned again in the Queens Speech, tie in with the ongoing bid for Cornwall Airport Newquay to become the UK’s first commercial spaceport, one which I have championed since its inception.

These are exciting times for Cornwall and I will continue to do all I can to ensure that we continue to benefit from new and existing opportunities that are coming our way.

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