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What does the Queen's speech mean for students?

Wednesday 21 June 2017 NUS News

The Queen has formally opened parliament and outlined the government's agenda, including a number of proposals that will have a significant impact on students.

The speech included plans for 27 new pieces of legislation that will be brought forward over the next two years. 

Here's what you need to know about some of the main ones:

The Repeal Bill

Brexit was announced as a rop priority and a new piece of legislation is needed to replace the 1972 European Communities Act. The bill aims to allow for a "smooth and orderly transition" and will grant parliament new powers. We're concerned that this could lead to laws being passed without any real democratic scrutiny.

Immigration Bill

The government needs to establish new rules for EU nationals living the UK post-Brexit. This bill will allow for the repeal of EU nationals' right to live, work and study freely in the UK.

Data Protection Bill

This bill aims to fulfil the goverrnment's pledge to make the UK's data protection framework fit the digital age. It will include the 'right to be forgotten' for people who no longer want their data to be processed.

Tenants Fees Bill

The Tenants' Fees Bill aims to tackle unfair letting fees by banning landlords and agents requiring any payments apart from rent. This will affect the thousands of students living as private tenants.

Non-legislative Agenda

A number of the government's proposals are set to come forward without the need for new laws to be passed by parliament. This will include their counter-extremism strategy, mental health green paper, schools and technical education, digital charter.

What happens now?

The Queen's speech provides a framework that will guide the government's plans over the next parliament. More details will emerge as the bills come forward: some will be published very quickly while other will be dependent on different consultations, Brexit negotiations or politically strategic timings.

We'll be keeping you updated as the government moves forward with its agenda and as we continue to lobby on behalf of students and make sure that the rights of students from the UK and abroad are protected.