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The country needs aspiration not rage.

With the Queen's Speech delivered, the task for the government is to get on with the job. It means though ensuring that legislation creates opportunities for individuals to excel, argues Rory Broomfield.


In the ceremonially opening of the new parliament, the Queen's Speech was dominated by Brexit. The government's agenda, if voted through, will include eight Brexit related bills which could reshape the UK. 

This includes one that aims to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. We shouldn't get carried away with this bill as, unlike the name suggests, it will merely copy over all EU laws onto the UK Statute book. Nevertheless, it will give parliament a role over which elements of EU legislation it retains and could inspire in giving the Commons a renewed significance.

The other bills on immigration, fishing, agriculture etc though need to also inspire a new feeling of opportunity for the people of the UK. Both in the Brexit referendum and in this month's General Election result, we saw protests among some about the way things are going. Brexit gives the UK the freedom to change the lives of the people in the UK for the better and this needs to be communicated. 

This positive attitude has been, however, very poorly communicated by the main parties - especially the Conservatives - over the General Election campaign. For an election campaign that was meant to be all about Brexit, the desire not talk about the economy and the future opportunities that Brexit could bring was curious. 

A result of the parties not being prepared to fully articulate the benefits that Brexit can bring to real people has meant that voters and non-voters alike have become angry. We don't know yet what will result from the 'Day of Rage' but the fact that since the EU referendum there has been a number of protests indicates to me that the government is failing in successfully communicating a message of aspiration and opportunity to certain sections of the UK population.

The new bills concerning Brexit need to put the opportunities that Brexit can bring front and center of the political argument for change. The government also needs to articulate how changing the fishing policy, agriculture and immigration rules will both affect and help people to aspire, using the new opportunities that are open to them. 

My advice to the government: think positive, act smart, communicate effectively.

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