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Delayed UK state opening of parliament set for June 21

Queen Elizabeth II will formally open parliament and announce the British government's legislative programme on June 21.

Published: 15th June 2017 04:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2017 04:04 PM   |  A+A-

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (Photo | AP)

By AFP

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II will formally open parliament and announce the British government's legislative programme on June 21, two days later than planned after Prime Minister Theresa May's election setback.

"The government has agreed with Buckingham Palace that the state opening of parliament will take place on June 21," leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said in a statement.

The state opening, a ceremony full of pomp in which the monarch reads out the Queen's Speech detailing the government's programme for the coming year, was due to take place on June 19.

It was delayed after May's Conservatives lost their majority in the Commons in the June 8 election.

The premier is now racing to secure the support of a small Northern Irish party, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to stay in office as head of a minority government.

A senior Conservative source told AFP that the party was "confident" it would have enough parliamentary votes to pass the Queen's Speech, but the deal with the DUP has not been finalised yet.

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