Some Observations On The Queen’s Speech

A reader who is staying up to watch the General Election returns has asked the following question:

If the Government is defeated on the Queen’s Speech, does that mean that the Queen will have to address Parliament a second time?

Not necessarily. If the governing party changes in the midst of a Parliament, the new Ministers are under no obligation to present another Speech From the Throne. When Ramsay MacDonald replaced Stanley Baldwin in 1924, he simply made a statement to the House of Commons outlining the new Government’s policy. Presumably, this precedent would be followed today since a ministerial statement is a lot easier to organize than a second Queen’s Speech.

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