DUP Leader, Arlene Foster;
“This has been the longest Parliamentary Session since the Union of England and Scotland in 1707.
We welcome the decision to hold a Queen’s Speech marking the start of a new session of Parliament on 14 October where the Government will set out its new domestic legislative agenda.
As outlined in the Confidence and Supply Agreement in 2017, the terms of that Agreement will also be reviewed in advance of the new Session. We originally envisaged that being after two years. This will be an opportunity to ensure our priorities align with those of the Government.
In the meantime, we will continue our work with the Prime Minister to strengthen the Union, deliver a sensible deal as we exit the EU and restore devolution in Northern Ireland.
The new session of Parliament will set a new domestic legislative programme which can deal with the matters most important to people such as their safety, their schools and their hospitals.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs