The dust is starting to settle after the general election.

MPs are back at Westminster and the new-look Conservative government led by Boris Johnson is about to map out its major policy priorities for the new parliamentary session.

So what lies ahead for cities like Hull?

Hull Live's Angus Young takes a look at what might on the agenda for the city and the surrounding area.

1. Brexit

There's no getting away from the issue which has hung over the political landscape since the 2016 referendum.

As a port, Hull is very much on the Brexit frontline and businesses currently trading with Europe will be keeping a very close eye on exactly what Brexit will mean in practice when it comes to moving goods through the city to and from the continent.

Hull is on the Brexit frontline

In particular, officials at the Hull and Goole Port Health Authority will be watching for updates over the next few months.

They are currently responsible for inspecting certain food imports from non-EU countries and are anticipating a substantial increase in their workload post-Brexit.

So far, the question of how the required extra staffing to carry out that work will be funded remains unaswered.

Any return of the previous uncertainty surrounding a possible no-deal will be something most will want to avoid at all costs.

2. Free Ports

Creating new free ports was a Conservative manifesto pledge.

Whether the Humber ports go down that path depends on whether operators Associated British Ports sign up to the idea of creating so-called free trade zones around the estuary.

Under the free port model, normal tax and tariff rules of the country in which they are based do not apply.

They allow goods to be imported, manufactured and re-exported without being subject to checks, paperwork, or import taxes, known as tariffs.

Freight containers at King George Dock

This means raw materials can be imported, then engineered into whole products for export.

Typically, companies operating in the zone pay lower taxes, such as reduced VAT and lower rates of employment tax but critics argue they simply defer the point when import tariffs are paid, which then still need to be paid at some stage.

They're not a new idea either. The UK had seven of them at various points between 1984 and 2012, when the legislation establishing them was not renewed.

3. Castle Street

If Boris Johnson is searching for an early win to convince voters he's really committed to the North then he should look no further than Hull's busiest road.

A final ministerial decision on the long-awaited Castle Street upgrade scheme was already scheduled for next Spring well before the general election was called.

We've been through the consultation stage and the equivalent of a public inquiry, now all that is needed is the government's sign-off on the £400m scheme which represents the most expensive infrastructure project in the city's history.

The new footbridge over Castle Street

The equally long-awaited footbridge over Castle Street is already in place and due to open to pedestrians and cyclists in March.

Can we expect the Prime Minister to perform the bridge's opening ceremony while giving the official green light to the wider improvement works on the A63 between Myton Bridge and the Daltry Street flyover and, if he did, would Hull's three Labour MPs be present to witness proceedings?

4. Devolution

Despite lobbying from council leaders across the region, the Conservatives are not keen on having a Yorkshire-wide body led by a directly-elected mayor like Manchester's Andy Burnham or London's Sadiq Khan.

Instead, they have indicated clusters of combined authorities might be more their cup of tea.

That could mean more pressure on council leaders in Hull and East Riding to join forces at a strategic level while keeping their separate current political and geographical identities intact.

Lord Haskins is stepping down as chairman of the Humber LEP, which could form the building block of a devolution deal

The ministerial thumbscrews might also be used to resolve the current stalemate over the future of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership with the North Bank councils currently looking one way and the South Bank councils looking in the other.

With LEPs expected to remain the favoured method of distributing Whitehall funding to the regions, having one here pulling in different directions isn't exactly helpful.

5. The Humber Bridge

It wasn't on the radar during the election campaign but the bridge - and in particular its historic debt - might be another easy early win for the new-look government.

When he became chancellor in 2010, George Osborne moved relatively quickly to deliver a deal which reduced the debt, re-organised the bridge board and cut crossing tolls.

Could tolls be axed on the Humber Bridge ?

At the time, the move won cross-party support from local MPs around the estuary and a similar exercise would almost certainly unite local politicians of all colours.

With Grimsby and Scunthorpe turning blue last week, scrapping tolls altogether would also provide an extra bounce for the South Bank's new Tory MPs.

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