Queen's Speech faces delay as DUP talks continue

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Queen's Speech faces delay as DUP talks continue

Postby sumanthablack123 Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:28 am

Ministers say they do not know if the Queen's Speech can be delivered on time because of post-election talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party.
The set-piece event is scheduled to take place on Monday 19 June.
Earlier, sources said it would be delayed - but First Secretary of State Damian Green said he "can't confirm anything yet".
Labour said the government was "in chaos".
Mrs May is meeting her backbench MPs for the first time since losing the Tories' majority in Thursday's general election.
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The Queen's Speech is written by the government and presents an outline of its planned legislation for the next Parliamentary session.
Mr Green cited the ongoing negotiations with the DUP when he was asked if next Monday's speech had been delayed.
"I can't confirm anything yet until we know the final details of the agreement," he said.
"We know those talks are going well and also we know that, at this very important time, we want to produce a substantial Queen's Speech."
BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said there was an "ambiguity" about both what would go in it - with several manifesto pledges expected to be watered down or dropped - but also the need for the Tories to "nail down" DUP support.
A defeat for its Queen's Speech would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in the new minority government, he said.
One of the reasons for the delay is also believed to be because the speech has to be written on goat's skin parchment, which takes a few days to dry - and the Tory negotiations with the DUP mean it cannot be ready in time.
Although it is rare for a Queen's Speech to be delayed, when the Conservatives and Lib Dems formed a coalition government in 2010, it did not take place until 20 days after the general election while in 1992 nearly a month elapsed between polling day and the government announcing its new programme.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "This is an utter humiliation for Theresa May. It is time to stop trying to cling to power and time to admit enough is enough."
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Meanwhile, the backbench 1922 Committee is expected to raise concerns about the PM's leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the DUP.
The committee is made up of all Conservative backbenchers - the name is taken from the year in which its original members were elected.
Its primary function is to keep the leadership of the party informed of the mood among the rank and file, and if a Conservative leader or other senior figure loses its support they could be in a particularly vulnerable position.


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