DUP members challenge the leadership of Arlene Foster

There is increasing on the first minister of Northern Ireland this morning to issue a statement on her future.

It’s claimed three quarters of the DUP party’s assembly members have signed what’s effectively a letter of no confidence in Arlene Foster.

There have been concerns about her handling of the Brexit process, especially surrounding the trade rules for Northern Ireland.

The DUP says its internal electoral processes are matters for members, and it won’t be making any further comment.

If the reported numbers are accurate and replicated in any future leadership contest – a vote confined to MPs and MLAs  then Arlene Foster’s five-and-a-half year tenure as leader would be set to end.

It remains unclear whether Mrs Foster would contest a leadership vote.