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Northern Ireland's McGuinness of Sinn Fein resigns

Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister of Northern Ireland,

has resigned over his power-sharing partner's handling of a controversial energy scheme. Monday's surprise resignation is likely to bring down the region's government and lead to an election. The development comes just weeks before the British government is due to trigger the process of leaving the EU, a decision that has divided Northern Ireland, which has Britain's only land border with the EU. McGuinness's Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party had urged Arlene Foster, the pro-British first minister from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to step aside over an energy scheme that could cost the province hundreds of millions of pounds. "The first minister has refused to stand aside. Therefore, it is with deep regret and reluctance that I am tendering my resignation as deputy first minister," McGuinness said in a statement. "Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP. We now need an election to allow the people to make their own judgement."