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Live Reporting

By Jackie Storer and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

  1. The Queen's Speech and Brexit

    James Landale

    Diplomatic correspondent

    A Queen's Speech sets out the government's proposals for legislation in the coming parliamentary session. It does not therefore necessarily have to set out the government's detailed plans for how it intends to conclude an international negotiation.

    So do not expect Her Majesty to reveal precisely what form of Brexit Theresa May now wishes to pursue after her electoral setback. That will be determined by future discussions she will have with her party and our parliament where she has no majority.

    Instead, the Queen's Speech will set out the legislation that will be needed howsoever we leave the EU. The largest measure by far will be what has been dubbed "the great repeal bill". This is a misnomer. In fact it should be called "the great continuity bill".

    This bill will indeed repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and thereby take Britain out of the EU. But that is a technicality. More importantly the bill will transfer EU rules and regulations into UK law so there is no legal and financial chaos when we leave.

    This is such a huge exercise that the government will also have to set out how it intends to go through the estimated 19,000 laws it will need to transpose.

    It is likely to use fast-track procedures - known as secondary legislation - that will ensure decisions are taken quickly by ministers and officials and there is no parliamentary gridlock potentially lasting years. But this will be controversial as there will be less parliamentary scrutiny than normal of what the government is doing.

    And that is not all. The government has also made clear that it will also have to introduce other bills in areas where keeping EU law is not enough and where new legislation will be needed. These may cover immigration, customs, agriculture, fisheries, taxation, data protection, sanctions and nuclear safety. That is a lot of legislation.

  2. Business and the economy in the Queen's Speech

    Emma Simpson

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    Some of the most contentious pledges from the Tory manifesto seem likely to be ditched.

    So don't expect to see the scrapping of the winter fuel allowance or a reduction of the so-called "triple lock", under which the state pension rises in line with the highest of average earnings, the inflation rate or 2.5%. This was to be replaced by a "double lock" rising with earnings or inflation.

    What would this mean for the public finances? The "double lock" on pensions wasn't going to happen until 2020. And the cost of retaining the triple lock could be zero if the forecasts on earnings growing more than 2.5% are correct.

    What would really make a big difference to public spending is if the government eases the restrictions on public sector pay increases, currently capped at 1%, or the freeze on working age benefits.

    There's been much talk about reining back on austerity. The new government could end up borrowing more, not less.

    When it comes to business, this manifesto took a far more interventionist approach than previous Tory pledges. From wading into the energy market with a cap on standard variable tariffs, to plans to ensure worker representation at board level. Theresa May also wanted to increase the amount levied on firms employing migrant workers.

    That hasn't gone down well with most firms who are wary of more regulation and fear any additional financial burdens when many are already grappling with rising costs and the uncertainty of Brexit. Could these measures also be diluted? Labour is keen on an even tougher energy cap so perhaps this eye catching measure will remain in the legislative programme.

  3. What is the Queen's Speech?

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    Video caption: The Queen's Speech - a beginner's guide
  4. What do the papers think about the DUP situation?

    Arlene Foster

    The Times feels Theresa May has been left exposed after the DUP warned its support for her minority government could not be taken for granted. It suggests two possible sticking points are the impact of any deal between the two parties on the peace process and the scale of the increase in future spending in Northern Ireland.

    The Guardian thinks there's concern within the DUP that this extra spending could enrage English, Scottish and Welsh Tories over the special treatment.

    The Sun reports that a minister has now put the chances of an agreement for five years as only 50-50 due to the DUP's cash demands for Northern Ireland.

  5. 'Let's just see if we can make it to next Thursday'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    The BBC's Nick Robinson says he asked one of Theresa May's close advisers how long she thinks she has in Number 10.

    The answer was a revealing one, Nick says - "Let's just see if we can make it to next Thursday."

    That's the day the Queen's Speech is likely to be put to the vote.

  6. Tories 'should stand down' - McDonnell

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    The Tories have "junked the manifesto" on which they ran at the general election, says John McDonnell, and have "forfeited the right to govern".

    "They should stand down and give Labour the opportunity to form a minority government," he adds.

    On plans for "a day of rage" against the government today he says people have the right to be angry, but that anger has to be expressed peacefully.

  7. 'Soured' relations between the DUP and Tories

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Richard Bullick, until recently a special adviser to DUP leader Arlene Foster, says it's "extraordinary" that two parties which seem to have much in commons haven't been able to agree a deal yet.

    He says he doesn't know the sticking points, but the DUP will want to make sure it doesn't find itself "in the position the Liberal Democrats found themselves after 2010" and the deal must work for the unionists as well as the Tories.

    He says the relationship was "very good" between the DUP and Westminster under Former Norther Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, but he does now detect a "souring" of relations.

    "It may be that some of the individuals involved aren't as experienced as some of their predecessors," Mr Bullick adds.

  8. What won't be in the speech?

    A list of things we think could be dropped...

    • Social care - the plans to raise the amount people would have to pay for their own care, dubbed the "dementia tax" by critics, looks set to go. They could be replaced by a promise to launch [another] consultation on the future funding of social care
    • Grammar schools - an expansion was one of Theresa May's signature policies, but deeply controversial too, so may now disappear
    • Pensions - Some Tory MPs were concerned about plans to replace the triple lock with a double lock, but others believed the change was fair. Theresa May could decide to leave things as they are
    • Winter fuel payments - a plan to means-test the benefit was also controversial and may not survive
    • Free school meals - ending provision for all infants was not universally popular when it was announced in the Tory manifesto, so watch for potential changes on that
  9. 'We want to overturn plans for dangerous cuts'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    John McDonnell

    John McDonnell says austerity is his main focus when it comes to those potential amendments to the Queen's Speech - although Brexit could feature too.

    The shadow chancellor says he thinks there may be a majority in the Commons to overturn some of "the most dangerous cuts" set out in the last Budget

    He thinks amendments which bring in greater investment in health, education, police and fire services would command considerable support.

  10. Labour will try to amend the Queen's Speech - McDonnell

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is asked whether he accepts the result of the general election.

    "Yes, yes, I'm bitterly disappointed but we have to accept that," he replies. "But the government didn't win either."

    He says the government has "the right to bring forward it's legislative programme", but Labour has to see if it can amend that programme

    "We might get some agreement" on those amendments, he says, and "we'll be putting our alternatives as well" and might get a majority in the Commons for those.

  11. What are we expecting to see in the Queen's Speech?

    A list of things we think are coming...

    • Great Repeal Bill - returning matters controlled by the EU into UK law
    • Counter terrorism legislation, with new powers to deal with extremism and protect the public
    • Legislation protecting workers' rights, including employee representation on company boards and measures on pensions
    • A Civil Liability Bill, designed to cut the number of whiplash claims and save drivers an average of £35 a year on insurance premiums
    • A Financial Guidance and Claims Bill, creating a single body to provide publicly funded financial advice and strengthen the regulation of claims management companies
    • A Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, establishing a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner
    • A Draft Tenant's Fees Bill, banning landlords from charging "letting fees" which currently average £223 in the private sector
  12. We may not be able to agree - Green on DUP deal

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's possible that we won't be able to agree," says Damian Green, First Secretary of State, when asked about a Tory-DUP deal.

    But he stresses that talks are still "progressing well".

  13. Queen's Speech takes place without a Tory-DUP deal

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    Video caption: The DUP: Partners in government

    As Norman Smith says, this Queen's Speech follows the general election and the significant weakening of Theresa May's position.

    Even with the election result, she'd expected to be in a slightly better position than this by now, with her minority Conservative government officially propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party, but as things stand, no deal between them has been reached.

    DUP sources have said talks haven't gone as expected and are warning that the party cannot be "taken for granted".

    A deal is still eventually expected to be reached and the DUP aren't thought to be at risk of voting against the Queen's Speech.

    Our assistant political editor says he believes there's been a significant souring of relations between the two parties in the course of the talks, and the DUP could make life difficult for Mrs May in the future by demanding more money for Northern Ireland in return for their support on key votes.

  14. A speech shorn of domestic legislation

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    This is going to be the Brexit Queen's Speech with up to eight bills bringing into British law things previously covered by EU legislation - everything from immigration to fishing.

    Elsewhere, it'll be a Queen's Speech shorn of most domestic legislation. Expect to see some relatively uncontentious items like a crackdown on insurance fraud, more consumer help. But key emblematic - and controversial - policies like reform of social care and new grammar schools will be gone.

    They won't be there because as a weakened prime minister post-election, Mrs May cannot get them through. The last thing you want as a weakened prime minister is Commons votes, and certainly not contentious ones.

  15. Far less pomp and circumstance around Queen's Speech

    The Queen's Speech is usually the red letter day in the Westminster calendar, but today's will be a bit more, well, pink, or even, dare we say it, beige.

    Much of the usual formality will be dispensed with and the Queen will wear "day dress" instead of her usual robes and won't travel in her gold carriage.

    Just like in 1974 after Ted Heath's snap election, there hasn't been time to lay on all the pomp and circumstance at short notice and so soon after Trooping the Colour

    Royal historian Kate Williams says it's quite a "meaningful" change.

    Next year's Queen's Speech has been cancelled - today's covers two years instead of one - so the next full version won't be until 2019.

    "So that's some way away for the Queen to exercise what she sees as her key role as head of state," she adds.

  16. Queen's Speech - welcome to our coverage

    The Queen

    Morning and welcome to the day's live political coverage. And it's a significant day because we'll be getting the Queen's Speech.

    Written by the government but read by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, the speech sets out the forthcoming legislative programme.

    This Queen's Speech will cover a two-year period instead of one and is expected to be dominated by Brexit.