New laws banning guerrilla-style climate protests that have caused public unhappiness have been published in the Queen’s grand speech.
Interior Minister Priti Patel is planning a new “closure” crime targeting activists who lock or stick to buildings.
Its repression is part of one of 38 new bills that also include the hearth of EU law in post-Brexit reforms and leveling measures to revitalize urban centers.
The legislative agenda is seen as Boris Johnson’s attempt to rebuild his government after the Conservatives ’heavy losses in last week’s local elections.
Although Labor – fell under the “beergate” charges against Sir Keira Starmer – Serious successes have not been achieved in the so-called Red Wall, the senior Tories are alarmed by the surge of the Liberal Democrats at the center of the Conservatives.
Tory MPs also hope that the seven bills repealing EU law will bring “Brexit dividends” during the next general election and get the votes of Leave’s supporters.
The Queen’s speech will be delivered for the first time by Prince Charles afterwards Buckingham Palace announced Her Majesty, who turned 96 last month, is not walking due to mobility problems.
In addition to the new legislation, the Prime Minister also promises steps to address the cost of living crisis by creating well-paid and highly skilled jobs to ease the burden on families.
These measures could include another reform of business tariffs by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and allow workers in the concert economy – employed by companies such as Uber and Deliveroo – to work more hours.
Speaking before the state opening, the Prime Minister said: “This speech of the Queen will put our country back on track and I will strive – and this government will strive – day and day to fulfill it.
“Because, despite everything we have experienced, we will ensure that in the two years that remain in this House, we spend every second on the unification and alignment of this country, just as we said.” .
On the cost of living, Mr Johnson will say in a Commons debate after the Queen’s speech: “We will survive the country through the push of COVID as we survived COVID, with every ounce of ingenuity, compassion and hard work.
“Urgently continuing its mission to create high wages and highly skilled jobs that will stimulate economic growth throughout our United Kingdom.
“It’s a long-term sustainable solution to ease the burden on family and business.”
But Sir Keir Starmer argues that failure to tackle the cost of living crisis and low growth in the Queen’s speech will be a major economic failure for conservatives.
“Hard times have come for the workers,” said the Labor leader on the eve of the opening of the state. “But they are much tougher than they should be.
“The Conservatives’ roughly 12 years meant low economic growth, high inflation and high taxes.
“Because the Tories are not coping with the problem of economic growth, all these tax increases are not going to improve public services. Never before have people been asked to pay so much for so little. ”
Other bills in the government’s legislative program that are seen as further evidence of a “red meat operation” to strengthen the prime minister’s leadership include:
• Brexit Freedom Bills repealing hundreds of EU laws still in force in UK law;
• A bill to raise and regenerate, which allows local communities to comment on new developments and forces them to rent out empty facilities on the streets;
• The Schools Bill, which requires mandatory registration of visits to schools in England;
• A media bill that allows for the controversial privatization of Channel 4, attacked by artists on Bafta on Sunday;
• The Bill of Rights, which allows UK courts to overturn previous judgments of the European Court of Human Rights;
• Energy bill to build up to eight new nuclear power plants to increase wind and solar energy.
According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the bill on public order will prevent tactics that cause serious destructive actions, causing misery to the hard-working public, costing millions of taxpayers’ money and putting their lives at risk.
She says the new law will respond to tactics like “closure” to major transportation projects and infrastructure that hamper thousands of trips and cause costly delays in construction and operation.
The Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil protests include activists locking or sticking to buildings, sit-in protests blocking roads and bridges and paralyzing refineries.
“The law-abiding, responsible majority has enough anti-social, destructive protests by self-indulgent minorities who seem to revel in causing chaos and suffering for others,” Ms. Patel said.
“The law on public order will give the police the necessary powers to combat this outrageous behavior and ensure that the British public can live its life without hindrance.”
Law enforcement measures will include:
• New crimes involving “locking up” and using equipment to “lock up” other people, facilities or buildings will be punishable by a maximum of six months in prison, an unlimited fine, or both;
• A new offense involving interference with infrastructure such as airports, railways and printing presses, with a maximum sentence of up to 12 months in prison, an unlimited fine or both;
• Unlawful obstruction of the construction of major transport projects, including the HS2 railway network, is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both;
• Expand stop and search powers so that police can confiscate items and new warrants to prevent serious violations for those who repeatedly inflict criminal obstacles on the public.
The bill was passed after similar measures in the Police, Crime, Sentences and Courts Act were repealed in the House of Lords. Now these measures are restored in the new legislation.