This defintely qualifies as a British-style coup by the PM Treason May who failed to win a majority in the recent election.
Anything to cling to power goes.
Theresa May cancels 2018 Queen’s Speech as DUP pact hangs in the balance
17 June, 2017
Theresa May has cancelled the 2018 Queen’s Speech to smooth the path for Brexit reforms as a deal with the DUP hangs in the balance.
The Prime Minister announced that a two-year parliamentary session will be launched on Wednesday rather than the traditional one-year session.
The step breaks with historical precedence and was last taken in the early days of the Coalition as it scrambled to create stable government in 2010.
Government sources last night insisted the move was planned before the election and would give time for laws needed for Brexit to be fully debated.
However opposition figures with a knowledge of parliamentary procedure claimed the move was an attempt to shore up Mrs May’s position after failing to win a majority.
The Prime Minister’s new Government is dependent on the support of 10 DUP MPs to remain in place because the Tories lost seats at the snap election.
The Queen’s Speech - which lays out the laws that ministers want to pass in the coming year - is a major moment in the parliamentary diary.
It is seen as a critical test for the Government and failure to win the backing of a majority of MPs is seen as a vote of no confidence.
By cancelling the 2018 Queen’s Speech, Mrs May removes a vote that could have bought down her Government from the diary.
Andrea Leadsom, the Commons Leader, said: “Whilst our top priority right now is supporting the victims of the terrible tragedy at Grenfell tower, we also need to look ahead by setting out a legislative programme that not only delivers a successful EU exit but also a domestic agenda which aims to tackle the social injustices in our country.
“The UK will spend the next two years preparing for our departure from the European Union in a way that best places us to realise the opportunities ahead and build a fairer society
This year’s Queen’s Speech will take place on Wednesday and will include the Great Repeal Bill - legislation that will convert all EU law into UK law.
News laws on immigration will be announced, while counter-terrorism proposals in the wake of three terror attacks this year are also expected.
However Tory MPs think many of the domestic reforms outlined in their manifesto just weeks ago will be shelved because they will not get through the hung parliament.
Talks with the DUP about a so-called “confidence and supply” deal - where the party would agree to back the Tories in no confidence votes and the Budget - is yet to be finalised.
Sources on both sides said they are progressing well and indicated they hope to complete a deal before the Queen’s Speech - though this is not certain.