THE DUP are in no hurry to finalise a deal to prop up the Conservative minority Government and it is unlikely to be sorted in time for the opening of Parliament, it has been revealed.
There is no deadline for a deal, adding to fears that the DUP, who are famously tough negotiators, will stall until they get a tremendous increase in Northern Ireland’s funding.
The Queen’s speech is meant to outline the aims and ambitions of the new Government and Tories have admitted they will set out a slimmed-down programme for Government following the failure to secure a majority last week.
Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s deputy leader, said the speech was “not relevant” to their negotiations.
A Tory source said both parties are “committed to strengthening the union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole country”.
The source added: “While talks are ongoing, it’s important the government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the House for passing the Queen’s Speech.”
Mrs May is “confident” of getting the Commons to back her Queen’s Speech programme even if the expected agreement with the 10 MP from the Northern Ireland party has not be concluded, the Conservative source said.