With Ukip’s victory drums still ringing in their ears, the coalition has been working on measures to woo temporary Nigel Farage supporters in a thin Queen’s Speech. We don’t know precisely what’s in the State Opening of Parliament programme tomorrow, but the speculation game has begun.
The Daily Telegraph suggests new powers are expected to discourage immigration, including deporting unemployed Europeans after six months and a law to discourage British firms employing cheap labour.
These powers, if passed, would add to Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ and may prompt the European Commission to label Britain ‘nasty’ again. Depending on how the laws are worded, they could actually break EU treaties. On one hand Britain might be fined, on the other, it would be following the spirit of David Green’s suggestion that Parliament should call the EU’s bluff and assert its own sovereignty.