German minister sees hope of 'soft' Brexit

The DUP MPs and leader Arlene Foster arrived at Westminster yesterday ahead of the meeting with one joking they were'going shopping

The DUP MPs and leader Arlene Foster arrived at Westminster yesterday ahead of the meeting with one joking they were'going shopping

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.

Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the Commons, confirmed the Great Repeal Bill, which aims to transpose existing European Union laws onto the United Kingdom statute book, will form part of Wednesday's Queen's Speech.

Ministers at the time argued it was to give Parliament more time to scrutinise the Government's heavy legislative agenda, while Labour said it was an "abuse of power" created to ease the passage of controversial legislation.

This year's Queen's Speech was due on Monday but has been put off until Wednesday as Theresa May's minority government seeks a deal with the DUP.

Extending the new parliamentary session will allow MPs and peers to examine Brexit laws as well as domestic reforms in depth, according to the Government.

A formal deal has yet to be secured but Tory sources have said there is a "broad agreement" on the principles of the speech, and State Opening will now take place on Wednesday June 21 - two days later than originally scheduled.

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The couple who live there spent the next three hours tied up while the fugitives ate their beef stew and pilfered their valuables. They then fled the residence in a vehicle belonging to the couple, who managed to free themselves and call police shortly after.

Parliament normally sits for one year, but officials said late Saturday night more time will be needed.

Announcing the scrapping of the 2018 event, Mrs Leadsom said the European Union exit legislation would begin with the "Great Repeal Bill". 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 change means the new Parliament won't break in the summer, giving significantly more time for committees to work, legislation to be scrutinised, and votes taken.

The Queen's Speech was also dropped in 2011 under David Cameron's then-coalition government.

Commentators said the move suggests backbench Tories are forcing embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to focus exclusively on Brexit over the coming years.

The longer parliament will provide "enough time to fully consider the laws required to make Britain ready for Brexit", including the Great Repeal Bill, the Prime Minister's Office said.

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