Manoeuvres so as the Queen Speech is delayed until Brexit is delivered

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Theresa May is scrambling to find legislation to keep MPs busy over the summer so that she can delay a potentially fatal Queen’s Speech until the autumn, The Times reports. 

The Independent says that the Queen’s Speech will be delayed until Brexit is delivered, Theresa May has said – despite no sign of a breakthrough at Westminster to end the stalemate.

The parliamentary session is already on course to be the longest in postwar history but the prime minister lacks the authority to start a new term.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II giving the Queen’s Speech to members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords,  EPA-EFE/RUSSELL BOYCE / POOL

Passing a Queen’s Speech is a minimum constitutional requirement of a viable government. Cabinet sources admit that the bill that implements Brexit is the last significant piece of legislation in the locker.

The prime minister’s spokesman said a new session of parliament – due to get underway in June – would not begin until the withdrawal agreement had been ratified.

Via The Independent / The Times