'More Difficult' If Poots Does Not Take First Minister Role - Lewis

The NI Secretary of State has said that Edwin Poots' decision not to take on the First Minister's role will make things more difficult and that it would be a mistake.

Brandon Lewis suggested to the Sunday Times that Mr Poots would not have regular access to the secretary of state or with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He told the publication: "Having the leader of the largest party which has the first minister not be the First Minister will make things more difficult."
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Mr Poots is expected to announce his new ministerial team by the end of this week.

DUP MLA Paul Givan is widely tipped to take on the role of First Minister.

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