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The Queen's speech: what she said – and what Boris Johnson meant

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19.12.2019

What the Queen said: My government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January.

What Boris Johnson meant: Get Brexit Done.

What she said: My ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on that date and to make the most of the opportunities that this brings for all the people of the United Kingdom.

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What he meant: Unleash Britain’s Potential.

What she said: Thereafter, my ministers will seek a future relationship with the European Union based on a free trade agreement that benefits the whole of the United Kingdom.

What he meant: It’s not quite ready to go in the proverbial popty ping, but you get the general idea. No one thinks I can get a long-term deal done in the time but they said that about me last time.

What she said: The integrity and prosperity of the United Kingdom is of the utmost importance to my government. My ministers will work urgently to facilitate talks to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland.

What he meant: Yes, I am a bit worried about Scotland breaking away. Best if we ignore it and talk about........

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