UK to double length of next Parliament to deal with Brexit

The highly unusual move would allow MPs to scrutinise "substantial amounts of legislation", she said.

This year's speech was delayed in the aftermath of the general election result which saw the Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority, forcing them to enter talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to help prop up a minority government.

In connection with the upcoming process of the country's withdrawal from the European Union the next parliamentary session will last for two years instead of one, as usual, said the Chairman of the house of Commons Andrea Linds.

The Queen's Speech traditionally takes place during the ceremonial State Opening Of Parliament, setting out the government's proposed legal programme for the coming year.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said it would give MPs and peers the maximum time possible to scrutinise legislation taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

Theresa May has scrapped the 2018 Queen's Speech to give the Government more time to push through controversial new Brexit laws.

Parliament normally sits for one year, but officials said late Saturday night more time will be needed. That decision, the first time it had been taken since 1949, was criticised at the time by Labour as an "abuse of power" aimed exclusively at easing the passage of controversial legislation.

The two-year session will mean that the Government will not face a crunch vote next spring, when Brexit negotiations - which get underway tomorrow - will be ongoing.

"It will mean we can work together to deliver a successful Brexit deal and a strong social legislative programme that delivers justice and opportunity to everyone". The Queen in the carriage leaving Buckingham Palace and arriving at the House of lords, where the software reads out the speech prepared by the government, which reported in detail about plans of the Prime Minister in the near future.

The speech will include the so-called Great Repeal Bill, which will move European law into British legislation, along with other Brexit bills on customs and immigration arrangements.

  • Eleanor Harrison