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No 10 refuses to confirm Queen's speech will go ahead next Monday

Theresa May Theresa May is licking her wounds after the Tories failed to secure a majority in the election
Theresa Hayes | 13 June, 2017, 07:56

The political turmoil generated by Britain's General Election showed no sign of cooling down and sank the pound even lower in the first session of the week, amid growing doubts over the future of Theresa May's premiership.

The Queen's Speech, which outlines legislative priorities for the British government in the coming year, has reportedly been delayed in part by the arcane tradition of writing it on thick goatskin parchment.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has signalled that negotiations over the UK's exit from the European Union may not begin next Monday, despite repeated assertions by the Prime Minister that talks will get underway "11 days" after the election.

"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.

"It is time to stop trying to cling to power and time to admit enough is enough", said Mr Farron, who branded the possible Tory/DUP deal as a "MayDUP government".

Until 29 June the parties have to negotiate a deal, but observers fear that any concessions the DUP by conservatives could complicate the talks, deepening a political crisis in the region.

The prime minister's spokesman told reporters on Monday that Brexit negotiations would "definitely be next week" but said they could not give "a precise date".

Later May will meet Tory backbench MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee in parliament, where she is expected to be questioned about the party's manifesto and campaign strategy.

The Guardian reported today that a speech from Queen Elizabeth II to the UK Parliament initially planned for June 19 is being postponed.

Originally due to take place next week, it's now on hold until the Conservatives manage to come to a satisfactory "confidence and supply" agreement. But there are other issues that we need to address in our country.

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

On its surface, goatskin seems like a quaint oddity of the monarchy - complete with concerns about the Queen missing some of the Royal Ascot horse racing - yet it links into a greater debate about how the United Kingdom government creates its documents.

The Queen's Speech, which was tabled for Monday 19 of June, usually takes place at the State Opening of Parliament.

Mr Davis also suggested Mrs May could have to rethink her approach to Brexit after losing seats in the snap election.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has expressed his concerns for the Northern Ireland peace process if the Conservative government is propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party.

May carried out a reshuffle of her cabinet on Sunday, including bringing back Michael Gove into government as environment secretary, replacing Andrea Leadsom.

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