Bookies slash odds on Boris for PM
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.”