Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Queen's speech set for Wednesday 21 June

Queen's speech set for Wednesday 21 June

The government's plan for the next parliament will be outlined in the Queen's speech on Wednesday, and will include laws needed to deliver Brexit and new immigration legislation.

Sky's David Blevins says sources have confirmed that there is still no agreement yet between the Conservatives and the DUP, despite Mrs Leadsom confirming the Queen's Speech.

It is understood there is "broad agreement" on the principles of the Queen's Speech, setting out the Government's legislative programme for the coming year.

"However, while talks are ongoing, it's 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".

May's Conservatives need the support of the Protestant DUP's 10 lawmakers to have a majority in parliament, and some have called for the government to take a cross-party approach to Brexit given May's weakened position following the election.

The proposed deal would see the DUP back the Conservatives in votes on the Budget and on any confidence motion while other matters would be negotiated on an issue-by-issue basis.

It is not yet clear whether the European Union withdrawal talks will go ahead on that day, although Brexit Secretary David Davis has said they will start "next week".

Such a deal involves the minor party agreeing to support the Government in confidence votes, and in "supply" votes to pass financial orders to keep Whitehall and departments running.

"We have two weeks from today to get the Northern Ireland executive up and functioning again, and to try to bring in a new chair is actually a waste of time and a distraction", said Mr Swann.

Mrs May has yet to reach a deal with the DUP, and the party's leader Arlene Foster has since returned to Northern Ireland.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement, also referred to as the Belfast Agreement, requires the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to show "rigorous impartiality" as they deal with the different political groups in Northern Ireland.

The announcement comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to court the Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to secure an alliance to remain in power.

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