Parliament Session Extended To Help Push Brexit Legislation

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

The traditional throne speech of the Queen, annually opening the new session of the British Parliament, in 2018 will not take place, said the United Kingdom government.

The 2018 speech is to be scrapped to give MPs time to deal with complex Brexit legislation, the government said.

The government said it will press ahead with the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday despite there being no guarantee of a full agreement to ensure the
Conservatives can pass future legislation.

Mrs May has yet to reach a deal with the DUP, and the party's leader Arlene Foster has since returned to Northern Ireland. As for the small issue of Brexit, the Tories may choose to fudge the language around the terms of Britain's exit from the EU.

As well as continuing to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy, the prime minister is also facing continued negotiations with the DUP over securing the party's support on key votes, although the premier has said she is confident of getting the Queen's Speech through the Commons.

That speech by the monarch is typically part of a state opening of parliament, marking the formal start of the legislative year as the government sets out its agenda.

"Both parties are committed to strengthening the Union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole country. It is Royal Ascot from next Tuesday, and having the state opening of parliament on the Wednesday might interrupt her plans to attend that day", said the Guardian.

Brexit secretary David Davis will travel to the Belgian capital for talks with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

"But if they were silly enough to put into the Queen's speech things that don't command support across the party, you shouldn't be surprised to see a Labour party gleefully jump on that and put down things Tories might not be willing to oppose".

However Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said they would oppose any deal which undermined the Good Friday Agreement, which commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

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