May 27, 2015 6:48 AM

UK's re-elected Cameron outlines plans in Queen's Speech

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) Britain's first all-Conservative government in two decades has unveiled its plans for power, including laws to hold a referendum on European Union membership, give Scotland more autonomy and toughen immigration policies.

A list of proposed legislation was read by Queen Elizabeth II Wednesday at the State Opening of Parliament, a blend of politics and pomp replete with gilded throne, diamond-studded crown and officials in antiquated garb.

It follows a May 7 election that unexpectedly gave Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives a parliamentary majority.

The Queen's Speech included legislation to cap welfare benefits, freeze some taxes for five years and hold a vote on EU membership.

A contentious plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights was limited to a promise of "proposals" rather than legislation.


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