State Opening of Parliament puts Queen in danger of missing day two

She said in a statement: "The Government has agreed with Buckingham Palace that the State Opening of Parliament will take place on 21 June 2017".

"It is Royal Ascot from next Tuesday, and having the state opening of parliament on the Wednesday might interrupt her plans to attend that day", said the Guardian.

Theresa May has called the Democratic Unionist Party's bluff by announcing a Queen's Speech for next Wednesday without a deal.

Meanwhile, May is holding talks on Thursday with other Northern Ireland political parties amid concerns a DUP deal will undermine the Northern Ireland peace process.

It is not yet clear whether the European Union withdrawal talks will go ahead on that day, although the Brexit secretary, David Davis, has said they will start next week.

Nearly half of voters are not in favour of a Tory-DUP deal to keep Theresa May's Government alive, according to a new poll.

Following her meeting with Mrs May, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said the PM had "sought to give us her reassurance on neutrality".

While talks on a long-term deal to keep the Conservatives in power are ongoing, the government wants to get on with its business, the official said.

The power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein broke down late a year ago.

Talks are still on-going between the Conservatives and the Northern Irish party to get their support for a Queen's Speech to be voted through next week.

The parties have reached "broad agreement" on the principles of the speech.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

However, the source added that a full deal on the government's programme wasn't required before the opening of Parliament, adding that there would be "steady dialogue" with the DUP.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, in Downing Street for talks with Mrs May on restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland, refused to be drawn on how the negotiations were progressing.

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