Queen's Speech could be delayed, says Damian Green


The party's only chance of achieving an overall working majority is to partner with the DUP, a political outlier from Northern Ireland, which is demanding a package of measures on finance in return for support in Parliament. The very British tradition of printing the Queen's Speech on vellum - a rare form of calf skin - is more logistically challenging than you might expect.

Theresa May has told Tory MPs "I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who will get us out of it", two sources present at the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee meeting have confirmed.

"The real concern is the deal at Westminster could jeopardise the future of power sharing in Northern Ireland".

Before the election, May had taken a hard position on Brexit, pushing forward with plans to remove the country from the EU's single market in a bid to regain control of Britain's borders and immigration.

The pound has dropped from $1.2950 before the result of the election, which left no party with a majority.

"I think this just shows the level of disruption and chaos that the Government is in", the Labour MP told the World at One.

Britain is set to leave the European Union by March 2019. This, in effect, will be a vote of confidence in Theresa May's government and the first test of any deal with the DUP.

The Prime Minister has postponed the key address - due to be on June 19 - as she grapples with how to control a minority government.

Downing Street also hinted there may be some flexibility in the start date for Brexit negotiations, which were also due to start next Monday.

Spokesman Alexander Winterstein said: "We are fully prepared and ready for negotiations to start". "This doesn't depend entirely on us".

With her authority diminished after failing to secure a majority in the election, Mrs May faces the prospect of relying on the DUP to make sure the Queen's Speech passes.

The Queen's Speech - in which the government sets out its legislative programme - has been delayed indefinitely.

The PM's spokesman said it was not for him to confirm the date - which has been in the Queen's diary since April - and that new Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom would be providing an "update" shortly.

It is expected it will focus on Brexit, security and repeating the pledge made for three elections by the Conservatives of cutting immigration to the 10s of 1000s.

The Conservatives won 318 seats out of the 650 in Thursday's vote, meaning they now require support to govern and have chosen the socially conservative and eurosceptic DUP, which has 10 seats, for that.

He also said the government would "walk away" with no deal if talks broke down on ending Britain's four-decade membership of the bloc.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "When I meet with the Prime Minister in London tomorrow, I will be mindful of our responsibility to help bring stability to the nation at this time of challenge".