Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Theresa May pledges ‘humility and resolve’ ahead of Queen’s Speech

Theresa May (PA)
Theresa May (PA)

THERESA MAY has promised to work with “humility and resolve” as she prepares to set out her legislative programme for the next two years in a Queen’s Speech expected to be dominated by Brexit.

The programme set out by the Queen at Wednesday’s State Opening of Parliament will feature “a number of bills” geared towards making a success of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the Prime Minister said.

But she insisted that the rest of Government business will not be put on hold during the Brussels negotiations, promising measures to build a stronger economy, protect consumers, tackle domestic violence and fix a “dysfunctional” housing market.

Mrs May said the Queen's Speech would include bills aimed at making Brexit a success (Lauren Hurley/PA)
Mrs May said the Queen’s Speech would include bills aimed at making Brexit a success (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Downing Street sources declined to be drawn on reports that the Speech will ditch headline promises from the Conservative manifesto, such as the scrapping of universal free school meals.

Almost two weeks after the election, Conservatives have failed to secure a “confidence and supply” agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party to shore up Mrs May’s minority administration.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during the State Opening of Parliament in May last year (Alastair Grant/PA)
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during the State Opening of Parliament in May last year (Alastair Grant/PA)

A DUP source warned that talks with Tories “haven’t proceeded in a way that the DUP would have expected” and a deal was “certainly not imminent”. The Northern Irish party “can’t be taken for granted”, the source cautioned.

However, it is thought unlikely the DUP would vote down the Government’s programme in a way which would risk a fresh general election handing power to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Even an abstention by the DUP’s 10 MPs would be enough to guarantee Mrs May’s survival.

In a mark of the importance of Brexit to Mrs May’s agenda, the Queen will set out plans not for the usual one year, but for a two-year period taking the Government beyond the expected withdrawal date in March 2019.

Mrs May said the Government would seek a Brexit deal 'that works for all parts of the UK' (Philip Toscano/PA)
Mrs May said the Government would seek a deal ‘that works for all parts of the UK’ (Philip Toscano/PA)

Mrs May said the Speech would be about “recognising and grasping the opportunities that lie ahead for the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union” and “delivering a Brexit deal that works for all parts of the UK while building a stronger, fairer country by strengthening our economy, tackling injustice and promoting opportunity and aspiration”.

Having called a snap election in the hope of securing an increased majority to deliver Brexit in a “strong and stable” way, Mrs May acknowledged the outcome was “not the one I hoped for”.

“This Government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent,” she promised. “We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities.”

But she insisted there would be no going back on Brexit, pointing out that more than 80% of voters on June 8 backed parties promising to honour the referendum result.