Britain's May promises to listen harder on Brexit -Queen's Speech

"The reason it's not included today is because a firm date hasn't been fixed", he said.

Declining her traditional horse-drawn carriage, keeping the imperial crown beside her rather than atop her head, and swapping the royal robes for a blue dress, the queen pointedly toned down the pomp this year.

A somber Queen's Speech laid out a Brexit-heavy policy agenda and dropped key pledges made by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, who on Wednesday officially began the challenge of leading a minority government.

Mrs May is under increasing pressure to do a deal with the DUP to support her government after almost two weeks of talks.

"Labour is not merely an opposition".

The government, May wrote in the statement, is committed to working with lawmakers, regional officials and others "to build the widest possible consensus" on Brexit after the hard divorce talks with the European Union opened Monday in Brussels.

"It will work to tackle the threat of terrorism at source by continuing the United Kingdom's leading role in worldwide military action to destroy Daesh in Iraq and Syria", the Queen's speech read. Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls said that while the speech "rightly focused" on Brexit, it was "disappointing that there was no specific announcement on business rates reform".

May apologised for the chaotic official response to the fire, telling MPs it was "not good enough".

And she said it was important to have a Government that would act in the national interest.

Mrs May sought to strike a humble tone as she set out her legislative programme, saying she would listen more closely to Parliament and businesses' concerns about Brexit.

The BBC has reported that the queen said at a private lunch before the referendum that Britain should "just get on with" leaving the European Union and that Brexit would not be a "problem".

It did not detail an estimated eight bills that will be required to ease the UK's departure from the EU.

May also has to carry out a punishing legislative program without a majority and with her own position under threat.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Trump's visit would not go ahead due to the prospect of protests in the United Kingdom, with the billionaire former reality television star reportedly uneasy about planned demonstrations.

Other unpopular schemes such as expanding grammar schools and offering a free vote on fox hunting, were also abandoned.

The Times branded May's administration the "stumbling husk of a zombie government" and said she was now "so weak that she can not arbitrate between squabbling cabinet ministers".

  • Leroy Wright