British Parliament opening delayed as May struggled to form a minority government

Vastavam web: The opening of British Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II is set to be delayed by a “few days” from the planned date of June 19 as embattled Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to form a minority government.The event had already been scaled down as a result of the snap general election, with the Queen set to forego the traditional robes and finery.In a briefing, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson declined to confirm that the Queen’s Speech would still be held on June 19 as previously announced, saying that the new Leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, will soon be releasing a statement on the date.
The delay in the Parliament opening is believed to be mainly the result of ongoing talks between May and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) whose 10 MPs are crucial to her new minority government after last week s general election threw up a hung Parliament.”Number 10’s failure to confirm the date of the Queen’s Speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women’s rights,” said an Opposition Labour party spokesperson in reaction to the news.Another reason for the delay is related to the fact that traditionally the Queen’s Speech has to be written on goat’s skin parchment paper, which takes a few days to dry.
The ongoing negotiations with the DUP will begin to take official form with a meeting at Downing Street between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday.Meanwhile, May was holding her first meeting of her new political Cabinet with a full-fledged Cabinet meeting scheduled tomorrow.May’s gamble to call a general election three years before the Fixed Term Parliament Act would have required her to hold one backfired last week when her party suffered heavy losses and lost its majority in the Commons.With 318 seats, the Tories are left dependent on the DUP to shore up its ranks to go past the 326-MP majority required in Parliament. Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who fared far better than forecast in the polls winning 262 seats, has accused May of “squatting” in No.