British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faces a vote of confidence today, three weeks after a disastrous election left her authority in tatters and her Brexit strategy in doubt.
Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader’s legislative plans, the Queen’s Speech, in a key test of whether she can stay in power.
The government is expected to pass its programme after forming a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs will vote with 317 Conservatives. May’s authority has been deeply damaged by the election, which she called three years early expecting to win a landslide.
The majority of the bills in the Queen’s Speech concern Britain’s departure from the European Union, on which the first formal negotiations took place last week.
But, May’s Brexit plan is under scrutiny as many saw the election as a rebuke to her move to pull Britain out of Europe’s single market, its largest trading market, to prioritise cutting EU immigration.