British PM Theresa May to face Conservative Party questioning over poll setback

Traditionally written on vellum, the Queen's Speech is now written on parchment paper in ink, which takes several days to dry, before it is bound into a booklet and signed by the queen - meaning its contents need to be finalized days before the speech is delivered.

As last week's vote yielded no majority victor, a new speech was required - and the time it would take for that missive to be scrawled upon the thick specialist paper (which is no longer made using animal hides) and sufficiently dried for use was, apparently, a factor in the delay.

Theresa May's premiership has no mandate and no legitimacy, Jeremy Corbyn told Labour's MPs as he declared: "We are now a government in waiting". May's failure to get a majority has undercut her tough Brexit strategy, which had raised fears that Britain was heading for a so-called "hard Brexit", which could potentially see tariffs slapped on British exports to the bloc.

May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and David Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU."The Tory civil war on the EU which has ripped it apart since the Maastricht rebellions of the early 1990s, and which the referendum was supposed to solve, is now raging again", said Chris Grey, an academic who specialises in Brexit at Royal Holloway college in London. But on Brexit, May still promises to deliver "stability and certainty", something sorely lacking from United Kingdom politics. To achieve our potential, we need a future post-Brexit trade arrangement that delivers the best possible access to the vital European Union market, as well as continued access to a competent and reliable workforce.

The prime minister's gamble in calling last Thursday's snap election, in a bid to consolidate her Conservative party's power, failed catastrophically, resulting in the party losing its parliamentary majority, while its main rival, Labour, performed strongly.

Instead, the election stripped May of her majority and obliterated her political authority.

Northern Ireland's Protestant Orange Order has urged the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to use its newfound political influence over Tory Prime Minister Theresa May to get a ban on its controversial annual march lifted.

MPs and ministers also feel they were treated disdainfully by May's two chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, who resigned over the weekend as the PM tried to make concessions.

Church leaders in Ireland do not usually comment on election results, but it is generally accepted that, as cross-border institutions, they, too, would welcome a retention of the current free movement across the border.

May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics.

"Our position is clearly set out, it is clearly set out in a number of places and there has been no change to that", May's spokesman said today.

"It may not be on the Monday because we also have got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that, and so on".

Mr Raymond also warned the politician that farmers need certainty as soon as possible that the government will make Britain's European Union divorce a success for British food and farming. The EU has made Northern Ireland one of the three priority issues to be settled in the first phase of the negotiation, together with citizens' rights and the financial settlement.

The Secretary of State said the Government remained "four square" behind the Good Friday deal.

Moody's Investors Service said the inconclusive election outcome would complicate and "probably delay" negotiations with the EU.

Davis had said earlier that walking away from the Brexit talks was one of Britain's options in their negotiations.

It is thought Mrs Foster, despite being a Brexit supporter, could seek assurances from Mrs May that she will pursue a softer exit from the European Union, given Northern Ireland's 56% Remain vote and the DUP's desire not to see a return to a hard border with Ireland. "May would not have countenanced previously, and which would be positive".

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