The Queen's Speech

A referendum on the EU by the end of 2017 and the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Bill, giving police greater powers to target online communications, were among the measures proposed during the Queen's Speech Wednesday. The package of proposals, which was prepared by ministers and read out by the Queen, also included more devolution for Scotland, a ban on legal highs and a halt on income tax raises for five years. The Queen's Speech marks the opening of parliament and sees the ruling government lay out the laws it hopes to get approved over the coming year.