Boris Johnson’s thinly veiled leadership coup continued apace yesterday, after his 29-minute Brexit speech was met with a standing ovation by the Tory conference.
It’s prompted further speculation that he’ll mount a challenge to Theresa May, we’ve reacted by cutting the odds of the Prime Minister resigning within a year to 11/10.
However, we make Johnson far more likely to be removed from his current role as Foreign Secretary (6/4) than he is to become PM in the next year (6/1) – though he is the clear favourite to be the Party’s next leader (4/1).
With Brexit chief David Davis hinting at retirement, and Johnson’s evident desire to move on too, it’s 100/1 that every member of May’s cabinet changes within a year.
May, who has so far refused to act on Johnson’s insubordination, may have been handed the perfect excuse by BoJo’s controversial joke about Libya at a Conservative conference fringe event.
Asked about Johnson position spokesman Paddy Power said: “Johnson has to Bo-Go after his latest statement of intent, else Theresa May really is a sitting duck.
“The embattled PM can’t even survive a Tory conference, where she is supposed to be queen of the castle, without being overshadowed by Boris’s massive ego. But, of course, he totally behind her – ready to stab her in the back.”
1/2 Boris Johnson to leave his current position within a year
5/6 No Brexit deal to be reached by April 1st deadline
Evens Theresa May to resign within a year
4/1 Johnson to be the next Conservative Leader
8/1 Johnson to be PM within a year
100/1 Every member of May’s cabinet to change within a year
Paddy Power’s full list of UK politics bets can be found online here.