What the Theresa May government proposes to do, and what it has shelved

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 21, 2017.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 21, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government plan on Wednesday, promising to secure the best possible Brexit deal that secures the "maximum possible support" as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

However, a range of controversial and unpopular policies were omitted, as she attempts to pass the government plan without her own parliamentary majority.

Below are some of the proposals mentioned - and omitted - in the government's policy plan:

BREXIT

As Britain departs the EU, the UK government plans the following:

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- "As we enter the negotiation phase, we will look to intensify this work in order to test and validate positions and to continue to build support from the business community as we move forward," the government said of Brexit.

- A "Great Repeal Bill" to convert EU law into British law: A standalone customs regime for the UK, with flexibility to accommodate future trade arrangements and changes to Britain's VAT and excise regimes.


Protest signs left by anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit are seen outside Irish Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, on April 25, 2017.  PHOTO: REUTERS

- A trade Bill to let the UK operate its own independent trade policy when it exits the EU.

- A Bill to repeal EU law on immigration to end free movement, and make migration of EU nationals subject to UK law.

- Bills on fisheries and agriculture to enable the UK to manage its waters and support farmers

- A nuclear safeguards Bill to establish a new regulatory regime following the UK's departure from Euratom.

ECONOMY


A train passes beneath a HS2 protest sign in Wendover, south-west England on Jan 9, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain's government said it would pay greater heed to public concerns about austerity but stuck with the broad outlines of its plans to reduce the budget deficit.

- The document also outlined plans for infrastructure projects, such as the next phase of the High Speed 2 rail line.

- There will be a Bill to put into law the changes in National Insurance contributions announced in last year's budget and autumn budget update.

WHAT'S NOT THERE


Former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister Ed Davey (centre) demonstrates with campaigners against British Prime Minister Theresa May's social care policy or "Dementia Tax" in London on June 2, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

- Mrs May's plan made no mention of a proposal to reintroduce selective schools, known as grammars.

- It also did not mention a plan for elderly people pay more for their social care, a proposal that was dubbed the dementia tax by opponents.

- The government dropped plans to clamp down on executive pay and give workers a greater say in their company's strategy.

- It also did not mention a proposal to roll the Serious Fraud Office into a broader, national crime fighting body.

- There was no mention of a controversial proposal to vote on a lifting of a ban on hunting foxes with dogs.

- There was no mention of a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump, which had been expected to happen this year.

ENERGY


Electricity pylons are seen at Worthy Farm in Somerset near the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, on June 20, 2017.  PHOTO: REUTERS

The Conservative Party had pledged to introduce a safeguard tariff cap that would extend the price protection currently in place for some vulnerable customers to more customers on the poorest value tariffs.

- The Queen's Speech says the government remains committed to extending the price protection to more of those on the poorest value tariffs, but does not make reference to a cap.

- "We are considering the best way to do this - whether through action by the regulator or legislation."

CARS


Volkswagen cars are seen parked outside a VW dealership in London, Britain, in this file photograph dated on Nov 5, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The government said it would allow the regulatory framework to keep pace with changes in technology for electric cars, and provide for the installation of charging points for electric and hydrogen.

- It also promised to extend compulsory insurance to cover automated vehicles.

- There will also be a civil liability bill to bring down the cost of insurance premiums by reducing the cost and quantity of whiplash claims.

HOUSING


A woman pushes a buggy on the Gurnos social housing estate, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, on May 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The government pledged to crackdown on unfair fees on tenants, capping holding deposits for renters and taking other measure to make the private rental market more affordable.

SPACE


 A handout image released by the European Space Agency in 2002 shows an artist's impression of Beagle 2 on the surface of Mars. PHOTO: AFP/ESA

Britain outlined its plan for "making the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial spaceflights by pledging to:

- secure continued growth in the UK space sector to achieve a 10 per cent share in the global space economy by 2030.

- introduce new powers to license a wide range of commercial spaceflight, which will include space planes, spaceports, satellite operation and vertically-launched rockets.

- develop a new regulatory framework to ensure the safety of commercial spaceflight, a separate framework for operational insurance, and measures to prevent unauthorised access and interference with spacecraft.