Will Boris Johnson be the next Prime Minister? Latest odds on who will take over from Theresa May as PM
BORIS Johnson is the current favourite in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as the next Tory leader and Prime Minister.
But what are the odds of the former Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London taking the prime position anyway? Here's the latest.
Will Boris Johnson be the next Prime Minister?
Boris Johnson admitted on May 16, 2019, he would "of course" stand in the Conservative leadership contest to replace Theresa May.
His leadership ambitions suffered a blow when he was summoned to court over claims he lied in the EU referendum campaign – but the case has since been thrown out of the High Court.
The arch-Eurosceptic ex-London mayor remains the bookies' favourite to win the leadership race.
Just ahead of nominations, Boris announced he would bring in a tax break for 3million Brits in an apparent bid to woo higher earners.
The measure would cost an estimated £9.6billion a year, and will be paid for by dipping into the £26.6billion set aside for No Deal planning.
They currently have Boris at 4/6 to be the next permanent PM, according to Paddy Power.
He's closely followed by Jeremy Hunt (4/1), Andrea Leadsom (8/1), Sajid Javid (20/1), Michael Gove (20/1), Dominic Raab (25/1).
Mrs May will remain as the PM until her successor is elected, which is likely to be at the end of July.
The former Foreign Secretary is still a hugely popular figure among Tory grassroots and the general public.
He drew a huge crowd to hear him bash Theresa May's Brexit plans in a barnstorming speech at the Tory conference in Birmingham.
His aborted leadership bid in 2016 was scuppered by his friend Michael Gove, severely damaging his electoral "brand".
Why did Boris Johnson resign as Foreign Secretary?
Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9 in a killer blow to May's government.
He walked out just hours after she lost Brexit Secretary David Davis over her Chequers plan to keep close ties to Brussels through a soft Brexit.
The pair, both passionate Brexit supporters, walked out in the wake of the PM's Chequers agreement.
Since leaving Cabinet, the former journalist has regularly spoken out against the PM's Brexit plans and is now standing to replace her.
What did Boris say about Theresa May's Brexit plan?
BoJo claimed the PM's Brexit plan would wrap Britain in a "suicide vest" and give the detonator to Brussels.
But Tory rising star and former Army officer Tom Tugendhat, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demanded Boris "grow up".
He said: "A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting — limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes.
"Comparing the PM to that isn't funny."
His comments have sparked a huge row within the Tory party as his allies fear he has undermined his own leadership plans with his outspoken views.
The former Foreign Secretary quit the Cabinet in protest at the PM's Brexit proposals which she hammered out at Chequers.
Since throwing his hat into the ring for Conservation leadership once again, Boris has said he will hold EU chiefs to ransom in a bid to get a better Brexit deal.
He claims he will refuse to pay the £39billion payoff until they agree to more favourable terms for the UK.
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