Theresa May has been accused of presiding over an administration “at a complete standstill” after Downing Street signalled that the Queen’s Speech could be delayed until the autumn.
There is no immediate end in sight to the current parliamentary session which has already lasted 22 months.
Governments usually set out a Queen’s Speech of planned legislation every year, but Mrs May is delaying amid warnings that she might struggle to win a Commons majority for a fresh programme.
Her official spokesman said a new session of parliament would not begin until the Prime Minister’s withdrawal plans have been ratified.
He said: “That is part of the current Queen’s Speech cycle and we need to finish that work.”