Northern Ireland’s First Minister outed in rebellion

Arlene Foster is to step down as Northern Ireland’s First Minister after 75% of the Democratic Unionist Party, (DUP) Assembly members signed a letter demanding a leadership contest.

Fallout following Brexit and a border in the Irish Sea to allow Northern Ireland special arrangements with the EU and the Coronavirus are thought to be behind the demand for her to relinquish her leadership.

A new leader could be elected by the end of May.