UK to hold two-year parliament for Brexit

The next parliamentary session will last for two years and focus on the legislation that will take Britain out of the EU.

The Queen's Speech traditionally takes place during the ceremonial State Opening Of Parliament, setting out the government's proposed legal programme for the coming year.

The Parliamentary session is being doubled to two years in the hope it will give MPs and peers the maximum time possible to scrutinise legislation surrounding taking the United Kingdom out of the EU.

The event had to be delayed as Theresa May didn't gain a majority in the general election, forcing the Conservatives into talks with the Democratic Unionist Party, so that they can form a viable government.

Tory backbencher Heidi Allen told The Sunday Times the country wanted a "leader and a party that will carry us through this most turbulent of periods but care about the little man".

Following her meeting with Mrs May, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said the PM had "sought to give us her reassurance on neutrality".

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that "maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called "soft Brexit.'" But he said staying in the European Union single market would require Britain to accept European Union workers" freedom of movement.

Critics have pointed out cancelling next year's Queen's speech will also take away an opportunity for opposition MPs to vote against the government's programme - successfully doing so would topple the government and possibly precipitate another election.

Labour at the time accused the coalition of an "abuse of power" and said it was aimed exclusively at easing the passage of controversial legislation.

Tradition, according to which the monarch opens a new session of Parliament, appeared in the XVI century.

In the same statement, the government said it will aim to address the "deep-rooted inequalities in our society" following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, which British police said on Saturday has likely claimed the lives at least 58 people.

Britain's Parliament will sit for two years instead of the typical one to prepare for the nation's departure from the European Union in early 2019, indicating the government may be ready to moderate its position in order to get the legislation through.

Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons, said Brexit would require "substantial amounts of legislation".

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