May fails to secure DUP deal ahead of Queen's Speech

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Queen Elizabeth II will read out the Queen's Speech at about 11.30am during the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday June 21).

Britain's negotiations with the European Union over its exit from the bloc begin on Monday and stand to be complicated by the surprise loss of Prime Minister Theresa May's parliamentary majority in a national election last week.

After the general election resulted in a hung parliament, with the PM unable to secure a majority in the Commons, frantic negotiations have been made with the controversial DUP in order to establish a "confidence and supply" deal.

The Prime Minister will on Wednesday launch a two-year parliamentary session rather than the traditional one-year session, in order to give MPs and peers more time to scrutinise Brexit legislation.

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Signaling the importance of Brexit, the queen will set out plans not for the usual one year, but for two years.

The prime minister, who had campaigned with the slogan "Brexit means Brexit", softened her tone in comments released ahead of the speech.

His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition.

"While this will be a Government that consults and listens, we are clear that we are going to see Brexit through, working with Parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal", she said. Four militant attacks have questioned her grip on national security, and the death of at least 79 people in a tower block fire has become a flashpoint for public anger at her party's record in government.

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But the Government says the bill will unlock investment and help rebalance the British economy away from South East England's financial and political centre.

Theresa May has torn up much of the Conservative manifesto to deliver a legislative timetable for the next two years dominated by preparations for Brexit. Committed to keeping our country safe, enhancing our standing in the wider world and bringing our United Kingdom closer together.

"Right the way across Europe, people must be looking at us and thinking this is freakish ..."

The Queen's Speech - which lays out the laws that ministers want to pass in the coming year - is a major moment in the parliamentary diary.

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The first time it was canceled in 1949, and then only in 2011, the then ruling coalition of conservatives and liberal Democrats.

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