Save the date: Queen's speech set for 21 June as the government continues to seek a deal with the DUP

 
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The Queen's speech forms part of the state opening of parliament. (Source: Getty)

The Queen's speech will be delayed by two days to 21 June, officials have confirmed, with Conservatives still finalising a potential tie-up with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

The speech, which forms part of the state opening of parliament and had originally been scheduled for 19 June, will lay out Prime Minister Theresa May's legislative agenda for the year ahead. Brexit talks are also due to begin in the same week.

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Meanwhile, May is meeting the five largest Northern Irish parties in Downing Street today for a meeting nominally focused on restoring the devolved assembly in the province.

Republican party Sinn Fein has stressed it will seek reassurances over any deal with the unionists.

Tories are seeking a "confidence and supply" deal between the Conservatives and the DUP. A deal between the two will allow May to launch her agenda, confident it will progress through parliament. A defeat for the Queen's speech, however, will be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in May's government.

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