May "confident" Queen's Speech will pass

Leadsom also refused to accept that the decision had been taken to reduce the number of Queen's speech votes the government had to face in the lifetime of the parliament and said it was purely about getting the work of Brexit and social reforms done.

This is only the second time the Queen's Speech has been scrapped since 1949.

What will be in the Queen's Speech is another matter for discussion.

The Liberal Democrat northern isles MP asked: "If the government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the European Union?"

Sources have told Sky the deal was "95% done".

He said Mrs May must immediately create a cross-party joint cabinet committee to negotiate the UK's exit.

In a letter to Mr Davis, they said it was vital agreement was reached on how the devolved administrations would be represented at the talks.

Spicer is 'kind of useless'
He called the situation "bizarre", and said , "I don't know why everyone is going along tight this". He will likely no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including the daily media briefings.

The Prime Minister was meeting separately with representatives of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and the Alliance Party, as well as the DUP, in Downing Street in an attempt to allay growing concerns.

It will join a growing list of high-profile Conservative education policies that have become casualties Theresa May's disappointing general election result and loss of majority.

"Nigel Dodds says he won't commit to any deadline and talks will continue until DUP and Conservatives get right deal", BBC Northern Ireland correspondent Mark Davenport said in a tweet.

The short revised Queen's Speech has been agreed.

Those talks are ongoing, and it is believed that Theresa May is trying to force the DUP to strike a deal by setting a firm deadline. These provisions will make a significant contribution to the public finances, and the government will legislate for the remaining provisions at the earliest opportunity, at the start of the new Parliament'.

The nationalist Sinn Fein and SDLP and the cross-community Alliance have all made clear Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire can not chair the ongoing process to restore power-sharing at Stormont due to the perceived conflict of interest.

Dartmouth leads the Queen's prospects of adding to her 23 Royal Ascot winners.

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