Prince Charles says Government will take action to prevent 'dangerous and illegal Channel crossings'

Taking the place of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles said the Government would be working with NATO to address the most pressing global security challenges

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The Prince of Wales said the Government would take action to prevent “dangerous and illegal Channel crossings” and tackle the criminal gangs who profit from the journeys.

The Government will “lead the way in championing security around the world”, working with Nato and addressing the “most pressing global security challenges”.

At home, the “continued success and integrity of the whole of the United Kingdom is of paramount importance”, including the internal economic ties between its parts – an apparent reference to the Government’s plans to reform the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Queen’s Speech, delivered by Charles, also promised measures to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

The Government “will continue to seize the opportunities of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, to support economic growth”, the Prince of Wales told Parliament.

The data protection regime will be reformed and the financial services industry will be strengthened, Charles said.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with the Duke of Cambridge proceed behind the Imperial State Crown through the Royal Gallery during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with the Duke of Cambridge proceed behind the Imperial State Crown through the Royal Gallery during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords

Laws would also be introduced to implement the UK’s first free trade agreements since Brexit, he added.

The Prince of Wales added: “A Bill will be brought forward to drive local growth, empowering local leaders to regenerate their areas, and ensuring everyone can share in the United Kingdom’s success.”

Legislation in the form of a Transport Bill will be introduced to “modernise rail services and improve reliability for passengers”, the Prince of Wales said.

New laws will “deliver the transition to cheaper, cleaner, and more secure energy”, building on the success of the Cop26 climate summit.

The Prince of Wales said legislation will reform the planning system to give residents more involvement in local development.