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May promises to listen on Brexit as Queen presents government programme

US President Donald Trump’s planned state visit to Britain later this year got no mention in Queen Elizabeth II’s speech to parliament on Wednesday, raising doubts about whether it will go ahead.”This is a government without a majority, without a mandate, without a serious legislative program led by a prime minister who’s lost her political authority, and is struggling even today to stitch together a deal to stay in office”, he said in Parliament after the MPs were sworn in.”My government’s priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union”, the queen told lawmakers. Minority governments are a rare occurrence in British parliamentary politics where the electoral system usually produces a governing majority.Four militant attacks have raised questions about her grip on national security, and the death of at least 79 people in a tower block fire has become a flashpoint for public anger at her party’s record in government.There was been some speculation over the Queen’s views on Brexit after a row exploded in March when The Sun published a story claiming claiming the Queen “backs” Britain leaving the EU.Prince Philip, the husband of the queen, didn’t attend after being hospitalized for an infection. However it offered no specific proposals for change, and simply promised to “work with partners at all levels” and to “consult on options to encourage a wider debate”.Opposition Labour party and the Liberal Democrats each plan to put forward alternative versions of the Queens speech.In an apparent sign of recognition that she must seek a broad consensus for any Brexit deal, she said getting European Union withdrawal right will mean securing “a deal which delivers the result of last year’s referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support”.Peter Prior, chairman of Royal Borough-based pressure group Excellent Education for Everyone, said: “We have brought the bit of pressure we could bring to make sure [selective education] is not on the agenda for Maidenhead”.She signaled more efforts by the new government to reach a consensus with devolved bodies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to secure Brexit terms which will be negotiated with the European Union before ending the country’s 44-year membership of the bloc.But that deal has yet to be announced, and on Tuesday the DUP said the talks were not going as was expected.It is understood the DUP is seeking more funding for Northern Ireland as well as the retention of the triple lock guarantee on pensions and winter fuel allowances for older people throughout the United Kingdom.Conservative sources said talks with the DUP were “ongoing” after the Northern Irish party warned its support can not be “taken for granted”.