Britain's Queen Elizabeth proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Queen Elizabeth unveiled plans by British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday to overhaul prisons and help the poor under a social reform agenda he hopes to press after a referendum on European Union membership.In a ceremony laden with pomp and pageantry in the upper house of parliament, the queen announced plans for more than 20 new laws, ranging from tackling extremism to making it easier for people to adopt children who are wards of the state.The government also appeared to put off at least one measure demanded by those pressing to leave the European Union -- a Sovereignty Bill which some Conservative lawmakers want in order to assert the sovereignty of parliament over EU laws.
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