Talks between DUP & Tories "not going as expected"

Firefighters work on shoring up Grenfell Tower after last week’s devastating blaze. The prime minister admitted yesterday that the response to the disaster had been inadequate

Talks between DUP & Tories "not going as expected"

Although the tally of bills is typical for a Queen's Speech, critics said that aside from Brexit it presented only a lightweight agenda to cover two years, rather than the usual one.

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.

There was no mention of the invite Theresa May offered The Donald during a gushing visit to the White House earlier this year in the Queen's Speech.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This slimmed down Queen's Speech shows a Government on the edge".

"While this will be a Government that consults and listens, we are clear that we are going to see Brexit through, working with Parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal".

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The PFS said without a majority government it is going to be hard to make decisions over issues such as the funding of social care and the state pension.

"Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the United Kingdom - one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do".

"It will mean we can work together to deliver a successful Brexit deal and a strong social legislative programme that delivers justice and opportunity to everyone".

In the same statement, the government said it will aim to address the "deep-rooted inequalities in our society" following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, which British police said on Saturday has likely claimed the lives at least 58 people.

"First, we need to get Brexit right".

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The new Commission for Countering Extremism will be given the task of supporting the Government in "stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms".

They will outline the government's plans for legislation over the coming year.

The speech will be delivered at 11:30 BST and will be covered live on BBC One, Radio 5 live and online.

After several days of debate, the speech - which is expected to be an amended version of the PM's manifesto - will be voted on.

Brexit negotiations start Monday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an election meant to strengthen her hand.

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The source said Mrs May is "confident" of winning next Thursday's Commons vote. The Queen takes the gilded throne, with her husband, Prince Philip, usually seated on a lower throne beside her.

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