Queen's speech set for Wednesday 21 June

Pauline Gross
June 17, 2017

She announced the delay in a tweet Thursday, confirming earlier reports that the event would be pushed back. The delay comes as the United Kingdom grapples with political uncertainty after last week's inconclusive election cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's ability to stay in office or govern effectively.

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With her tally of Conservative MPs slashed to 317 in last week's poll, Mrs May needs the backing of the DUP's 10 members to reach the 320 required for a working majority in the Commons.

"Talks with the DUP have been progressing well and there is broad agreement on the principles of the Queen's Speech", said the source.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to read out an "alternative" Queen's Speech which he will urge other parties to support in an attempt to topple the Conservative government.

The deal between May and the DUP has yet to be formerly agreed, but media in London reported that the State Opening will go-ahead even if no deal has been signed between the two parties.

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The State Opening had been scheduled to take place on the same date as when Brexit negotiations were due to begin in Brussels.

He explained that the two parties are both committed to delivering Brexit, fighting terrorism, preserving the United Kingdom and boosting economic prosperity, giving a clue as to what will be included.

The Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, said he believed the deal would be in breach of the Good Friday agreement because it would undermine the government's role as a neutral convener.

In a joint statement, officials said: 'Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief negotiator and David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday June 19'.

The power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein broke down late previous year.

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