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Suzanne Breen

Brexit scapegoat: Foster needs NI protocol changes to survive

Suzanne Breen

The DUP already knows that it is not in a good place politically, but the results of our poll will send a shiver down the spine of its top brass. Even more significantly, they will seriously unsettle MLAs.

With their party down to 19%, and Jim Allister’s TUV on an unprecedented 10%, they will realise that, if something doesn’t change fairly rapidly, many of them could lose their seats.

Sources have been telling this journalist for two months that Arlene Foster’s time at the helm is running out. No moves have materialised against her so far — although behind-the-scenes plotting continues — but this poll will intensify the pressure on her leadership.