U.K. Parliament Votes Overwhelming to Allow Snap Election
20 April 2017 | 5:12 am
Bloomberg’s Nejra Cehic discusses the U.K. Parliament vote to allow the June 8 snap election and what it may mean for the Brexit process.
Enter the twilight of the world's longest reign. The 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II missed what is arguably the highlight of any British monarch's calendar: the reading of the government's parliamentary program instead delivered by her son, the crown prince. The importance is mostly symbolic, since the Queen's Speech is written by the prime minister. However the optics of the exercise beget the question: what United Kingdom will Charles inherit?
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