Theresa May presses ahead with Brexit and Queen’s Speech in challenge to DUP

Theresa May has signalled she is ready to press ahead with the Queen’s Speech and Brexit talks next week regardless of whether she secures a deal with the DUP, in a move that was seen as an attempt to force the party’s hand in negotiations.

Senior Conservative sources today confirmed the state opening will take place next Wednesday whatever happens in the talks, claiming that Mrs May is “confident” of having “sufficient support” in the Commons.

The move effectively sets a deadline for the DUP to give the Prime Minister their backing and accept whatever offer is on the table – which it has been suggested could involve additional funding commitments.

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