With 2-day delay, UK Parliament set to open on June 21

Leadsom said: "the government has agreed with Buckingham Palace that the State Opening of Parliament will take place on June 21".

The state opening had been scheduled for June 19 - the same date on which the Brexit negotiations were due to...

Originally set to take place next Monday, the opening was delayed to enable Prime Minister Theresa May to hold talks with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland to seek their support to prop up her minority government.

"Talks with the DUP have been progressing well, and there is broad agreement on the principles of the Queen's speech", the source said, referring to the government's legislative programme.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

Sinn Fein have warned that any deal with the DUP could wreck the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Brexit Secretary David Davis said parts of the Tory manifesto had to be "pruned away" because they would not command support from the Commons. However, it is now understood the government are not able to get a speech prepared in time.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement, also referred to as the Belfast Agreement, commits the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

"We are working on a series of fronts and we are working very, very hard to deliver good government for Northern Ireland and good government for the United Kingdom", he said.

DUP talks: Theresa May arrives in Downing Street on Wednesday.

It is expected that a "confidence and supply" arrangement will be agreed, and the DUP is likely to vote with the Conservatives on issues such as the Budget and Brexit in return for policies, such as an increase in funding for the province.

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