Queen's speech to take place next Wednesday

  • Queen's speech to take place next Wednesday

Queen's speech to take place next Wednesday

The Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's policies for the parliamentary session, will take place on Wednesday 21 June.

Earlier in the day ministers confirmed the date of the Queen's Speech, with Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom saying: "The Government has agreed with Buckingham Palace that the State Opening of Parliament will take place on 21 June 2017".

Such a deal involves the minor party agreeing to support the Government in confidence votes, and in "supply" votes to pass financial orders to keep Whitehall and departments running.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds arriving at 10 Downing Street for talks.

The Queen's Speech had been scheduled for June 19 but there has been speculation in British media outlets for days that a delay appeared to be on the cards in the wake of the Conservative Party's lackluster election performance.

The Conservative source said both parties were "committed to strengthening the union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole country", and that Northern Ireland would get a funding boost. The Conservatives are confident there will be enough support in the Commons to win the vote, the senior Tory added.

Republican party Sinn Fein have stressed that they will be seeking reassurances over any deal with the unionists.

The parties have reached "broad agreement" on the principles of the speech.

The former Labour Northern Ireland secretary said the government could not be a "neutral facilitator" in the province, as the Good Friday Agreement envisages, if it was dependent on one party there for its Commons majority.

The power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein broke down late past year.