Book­ies slash odds on Boris for PM

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The odds on Boris John­son be­com­ing prime min­is­ter were slashed yes­ter­day as he re­newed his com­mit­ment to a hard Brexit.

The For­eign Sec­re­tary was ac­cused of a thinly dis­guised bid to re­place Theresa May af­ter writ­ing an ar­ti­cle set­ting out his vi­sion of Bri­tain af­ter Brexit.

It was pub­lished ahead of the PM’s key­note speech in Italy on Fri­day on ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Euro­pean Union, lead­ing to ac­cu­sa­tions that John­son was “on ma­noeu­vres”.

In the ar­ti­cle, John­son in­sisted the UK should not pay for ac­cess to the EU sin­gle mar­ket.

He also revived his dis­cred­ited claim that Brexit could free up £350mil­lion a week for the NHS. Wil­liam Hill cut their odds on John­son be­com­ing the next Tory leader from 8-1 to 5-1, just be­hind 4-1 favourite David Davis.

John­son in­sisted Brexit would al­low the UK to “be the great­est coun­try on earth”.

He later tweeted: “All be­hind Theresa for a glo­ri­ous Brexit.” Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Ca­ble said John­son was “on ma­noeu­vres, which means ev­ery­one else should take cover”.

SNP MP Stephen Gethins said: “The Tory Gov­ern­ment’s plans for Brexit al­ready threaten sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the UK and Scot­tish economies. Boris seems de­ter­mined to make that worse.”

AR­TI­CLE John­son

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