United Kingdom government delays Queen's Speech

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Controversial plans to allow new faith schools to select all of their pupils on the basis of their faith have been abandoned and will be absent from Wednesday's Queen's Speech, it has been reported today.

Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the Commons, confirmed the Great Repeal Bill, which aims to transpose existing European Union laws onto the United Kingdom statute book, will form part of Wednesday's Queen's Speech.

The Queen's Speech, in which the monarch sets out the government's plans as the legislature meets for the first time, is now set for June 21, and will trigger two years of political wrangling as May pushes for complex legislation after her Conservative party lost its majority in this month's election.

The Queen's Speech that had been planned for Monday has been delayed until Wednesday, according to Andrea Leadsom, leader for the U.K.'s House of Commons.

The news suggests that Prime Minister Theresa May is close to settling a deal with the DUP, over which talks have been running for the past few days.

The State Opening was initially scheduled for June 19 - the same date when Brexit negotiations were due to begin in Brussels.

■ LORD HAIN accused the Tories of "putting party before peace" by seeking a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Meanwhile, the EU and United Kingdom government confirmed that Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier will meet in Brussels on Monday.

This will involve the DUP propping up the Conservative minority in the Commons and voting through the Queen's Speech.

The PM has been meeting with the leaders of other Northern Ireland parties in an attempt to encourage them to restart power sharing at Stormont.

"We are working on a series of fronts and we are working very, very hard to deliver good government for Northern Ireland and good government for the United Kingdom", he said.

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

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement, also referred to as the Belfast Agreement, requires the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to show "rigorous impartiality" as they deal with the different political groups in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".