State Opening of Parliament puts Queen in danger of missing day two

Ken Clarke

The longer parliament will provide "enough time to fully consider the laws required to make Britain ready for Brexit", including the Great Repeal Bill, the Prime Minister's Office said.

Tradition, according to which the monarch opens a new session of Parliament, appeared in the XVI century.

This year's State Opening of Parliament and Queen's Speech will take place on Wednesday 21st June.

The opposition Labour Party said: "Number 10's failure to confirm the date of the Queen's Speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women's rights".

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the next parliamentary session was being doubled in length to two years.

Different DUP sources say different things about the approach to Brexit.

But the decision is also a tacit admission of some of the parliamentary battles ahead: ditching the Queen's Speech for 2018 means the Government will avoid having to push through another vote on its legislative programme at the height of Brexit negotiations - and possibly tensions.

The move to have no State Opening is not an unprecedented occurrence.

The source added: "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".

The leader of the DUP in Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, has flown home.

The Queen is expected to attend a full day at Royal Ascot after delivering the speech.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday, former prime minister Sir John Major, one of the architects of the peace process, said the Government will compromise its impartiality if it enters a confidence and supply deal with the largest Northern Irish party.

Colum Eastwood, the leader of the nationalist SDLP, said the government needed to "prove to the rest of us that they are not under the thumb of the DUP".

Brexit Secretary David Davis said parts of the Tory manifesto had to be "pruned away" because they would not command support from the Commons.

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