Katter’s Australian Party and the Palmer United Party are due to merge in Queensland to create a third force in the state.

The Katter and Palmer parties are set to merge in Queensland.

While the proposed merger is not confirmed, they openly declared an alliance on Friday afternoon.

Katter’s Australian Party state leader Ray Hopper says their three MPs would join forces with the two Palmer MPs to maximise their chances.

Palmer United Party MP Dr Alex Douglas says it will happen probably before the next election.

“The Katter party is very much a regional party and to a large extend has a constituency which will inherently fold into a structure like the Palmer United Party,” he told ABC radio.