- Theresa May puts on hold Queen’s speech
- The Queen’s speech could take place in autumn
- Prime Minister doesn’t have enough support to win Brexit deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May will not preside over another substantive Queen’s speech; at least until the Brexit withdrawal agreement becomes ratified. This has been confirmed by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson who said the new parliamentary session would not begin until the deal has been passed.
The Business of Her Successor
According to BBC, pundits believe the delay is a sign that the Prime Minister believes her days in Downing Street are numbered, Mrs. May seems to be saying the next major Queen’s speech should be the business of her successor.
The Times reported last Monday that the Prime Minister was planning to delay the Queen’s speech until after autumn. A new parliamentary session was due to begin in June and the Prime Minister’s announcement has thrown a towel in the works. The Prime Minister’s spokesperson stated:
“That is part of the current Queen’s Speech cycle and we need to finish that work.”
The Queen’s speech during the State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and sets out the government’s agenda for the new session. There is now a widespread belief that May could try to avoid an attempt by pro-Brexit Tory MPs to try and vote down the speech in order to bury the withdrawal agreement. There is fear that is they succeeded they would speed up May’s departure.
Accelerate The Prime Minister’s Departure
The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year, with the Queen’s Speech setting out the government’s agenda for the coming session. The earliest the Queen’s Speech could take place is in the autumn (Picture: AFP/ Getty Images) It’s thought that May is trying to avoid an attempt by Brexiteer Tories to vote down the speech and bury the withdrawal agreement with fear that should they succeed, it would likely accelerate the Prime Minister’s departure.
A new parliamentary session may also require a fresh negotiation for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to continue keeping the Tories in power. Asked whether the negotiation would be delayed until Brexit is over the line, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson stated:
“What we are focused on is the withdrawal agreement bill because that is the legislation necessary in order to ratify our withdrawal from the EU.”
The current parliamentary session is already on course to become the longest in the country’s postwar history. Should it be extended, it will avoid the need to an immediate renewal of the DUP confidence-and-supply deal that has endured a severe beating thanks to the backstop contained in Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Number 10 Downing Street will be busy scrambling during summer to remain afloat since the Prime Minister doesn’t have the necessary support to win the much-desired Brexit vote.