Thursday 14 December 2017

Theresa May 'to delay Queen's Speech' - reports

Theresa May.
Theresa May.

Press Association Political Staff

Westminster is today rife with speculation that the State Opening of Parliament may be delayed, after the Prime Minister's official spokesman declined to confirm it would go ahead on the scheduled date of June 19.

There was no immediate confirmation of BBC reports that it understood the date of the Queen's Speech, which sets out the Government's legislative programme for the coming year, was being put back by a few days.

The uncertainty came as Theresa May's Conservatives continued talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to secure the support of the Northern Irish party's 10 MPs to get its agenda through Parliament, following an election result which left the Tories short of an absolute majority in the Commons.

The PM's spokesman told reporters it was not for him to confirm the date - which has been in the Queen's diary since April - and that new Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom would be providing an "update" shortly.

Ms Leadsom's office made no immediate announcement in response to press queries.

But the BBC reported: "The BBC understands the Queen's Speech will be delayed by a few days. It had been due to take place next Monday."

Any delay would risk affecting the Queen's attendance at Royal Ascot next week.

Sky News is also reporting that the speech is delayed.

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