Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Queen's speech to be held next Wednesday

The Queen's Speech will be delayed by two days as Theresa May continues to try and thrash out a deal to form a minority Government with the Democratic Unionist Party.

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.

As a date has now been set for the Queen's Speech, this appears to suggest the Tories are close to finishing a deal with the DUP, The Guardian said.

The Conservative source said there was no need for a deal to be sealed in order to press ahead with the speech.

The source went on: "However, while talks are on-going it is important the Government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the House for the Queen's Speech".

The announcement of a DUP-Conservative deal was expected to come earlier this week but is believed to have been postponed after the fatal high-rise fire in West London on Wednesday.

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'.

Others, such as former premier Sir John Major, have warned that any formal arrangement would undermine the fragile Northern Ireland peace process.

There were fears that the event would be delayed further because of the Queen's attendance at Royal Ascot, which runs next week.

This was the case in 2001, when a ten-minute speech was delivered to parliament before the Queen exited, changed from her ceremonial robes into her racing outfit and was taken under a police escort to Windsor Castle.

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