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Queen's Speech: Government 'has enough support' after talks with DUP

Queen's Speech: Government 'has enough support' after talks with DUP

The official state opening of Parliament was supposed to take place on Monday 19 June, but the Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom announced that it will now take place on Wednesday.

A delay to the opening of parliament has been seen as a way to give May's Conservative Party more time to negotiate with a potential ally, the Democratic Unionist Party, after it had to backtrack over the weekend on a statement it had reached a deal with the Northern Irish party.

The Queen's Speech was originally meant to take place on Monday 19 June, but was delayed because of the governments's discussions with the DUP in order to secure a "supply and confidence" agreement.

But the source stopped short of saying that a deal had been finalised with the DUP and left the way open for further negotiations to continue, even after the monarch has set out what laws Ms May wants to pass.

"However while talks are ongoing it is important the government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the house for passing the Queen's speech".




A Tory source said: "Both parties are committed to strengthening the Union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole country".

May is holding talks Thursday with other Northern Ireland political parties amid warnings the expected DUP deal will undermine the peace process.

Republican party Sinn Fein have stressed that they will be seeking reassurances over any deal with the unionists.

The State Opening of Parliament and the Government's legislative agenda has been held up by two days following the inconclusive outcome of last week's General Election.

The leader of the DUP in Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, has flown home.


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