Arlene Foster is to step down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.
The announcement came after reports that a significant majority of elected DUP representatives in the Stormont Assembly and House of Commons had signed a letter of no confidence in Foster’s leadership.
There has been growing discontentment with Foster’s handling of Brexit negotiations and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“A short time ago I called the Party Chairman to inform him that I intend to step down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party on the twenty-eighth of May and as First Minister of Northern Ireland at the end of June,” she said.
“It is important to give space over the next few weeks for the Party Officers to make arrangements for the election of a new leader. When elected I will work with the new leader on transition arrangements.”
Foster has been the leader of the DUP since 2015.