The Queen's Speech: What Is It And Why Is It Important?

We always thought the Tories used the skin of the poor not goats

Her attempts to strike a deal with Northern Irish party the DUP has also prompted speculation about whether aspects of the Tory manifesto will have to be removed or watered down ahead of the Queen's Speech next week.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr. Brady said the overriding mood within the Conservative Party was one of realism and recognizing they had not got the result they wanted.

There were signs that backbenchers will hold more sway, with one of the biggest cheers coming for the "greatly respected" Gavin Barwell, the PM's new chief of staff, who will have a "great deal of influence" alongside Chief Whip Gavin Williamson, according to one MP.

They would not confirm that the event will take place on Monday as planned, and the BBC has reported that it will be delayed.

After the election resulted in a hung Parliament with the Conservatives as the largest party, Government sources said the speech would need to be put back.

The meeting came shortly after it was revealed that the State Opening of Parliament could be delayed beyond its scheduled date of June 19 by ongoing negotiations with the DUP to prop up her minority administration.

In an effort to shore up support within her cabinet and to lay her future plans, May is set to meet her closest advisers and cabinet colleagues.

"The reason for leaving the single market is because we want to take back control of our borders, they're not compatible", he told BBC radio.

Brexit Minister David Davis has said that an agreement with the DUP is possible.

The delay comes as the United Kingdom faces the prospect of prolonged political uncertainty after last week's inconclusive election cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's ability to stay in office or govern effectively.

"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".

However, James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland Secretary, insisted the Queen's Speech "remains on track".

"We are working with the DUP on a deal to ensure the safe passage of the Queen's speech", the prime minister's spokesman said.

If neither party can command a majority in parliament for their Queen's Speech, it is likely a fresh election would be called.

Mrs. May's most senior Minister, First Secretary of State Damien Green, said: "Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech".

One of the reasons for the delay is also believed to be because the speech has to be written on goat's skin parchment paper, which takes a few days to dry - and the Tory negotiations with the DUP mean it can not be ready in time.

Mr. Adams also said he hoped Mrs. Foster would not get "too mesmerised by what's happening on our nearest off-shore island".

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said a DUP-Tory government is a "coalition for chaos".

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