"My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31", Elizabeth II stated, commenting on the ongoing negotiations in Brussels. "My government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly cooperation".
The prime minister also noted in his statement accompanying the speech that Brexit should be delivered as soon as possible.
"People are tired of stasis, gridlock and waiting for change. And they don't want to wait any longer to get Brexit done", he said.
Johnson has previously vowed to complete the divorce process with or without an agreement, but MPs adopted a law requiring him to negotiate with Brussels. The head of government said he wants to strike an exit deal at an EU summit on Thursday and Friday, but stressed that if an accord is not possible, then he would deliver Brexit despite the decision of Parliament to prevent a no-deal scenario.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously criticised the decision to involve the Queen in the debate, claiming that the monarch has been used in order to support the aims of the Conservative cabinet.
"Today was not the first time that Queen's Speech has been used as part of a general election campaign, but it is perhaps the most obvious example of a government unveiling policy proposals in the hope of attracting votes rather than passing laws. The feeling of unreality is increased by the fact that the proposals will seem very fanciful if the government fails to secure a satisfactory deal on leaving the European Union", says Mark Garnett, a politics professor at Lancaster University and author of the book "From Anger to Apathy: The British Experience".
According to Garnett, the Queen's speech became a "challenge" to Corbyn's Labour Party, "in particular, since it has also pledged itself to increased public spending and will now have to explain why voters should prefer its own policy proposals. So although it is a pretty obvious gamble by the government, it is not certain to fail".
The United Kingdom is slated to leave the bloc at the end of this month, although the deadline has been shifted before, as London was initially supposed to deliver Brexit in March.