Boris Johnson exit date: bookies SLASH odds for PM leaving in 2021

Boris Johnson exit date: bookies SLASH odds for PM leaving in 2021

The Dominic Cummings row has seen the pressure heaped on prime minister Boris Johnson. With bookies increasingly leaning towards a premature exit, can the PM hang on?

Boris Johnson to leave in 2021?

The pressure is being cranked up on Boris Johnson, with an increasing number of alleged improprieties being laid at his door.

Bookies have cut odds on Johnson leaving Downing Street this calendar year to as short as 5/2, with some operators offering odds of 5/1 just a few days ago.

We’re seeing fresh reports drawn up against the PM almost every day – but can he hang on?

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'2022 or later' still the overwhelming favourite in the market

While Johnson is seemingly flying closer and closer to the sun, bookies are still relatively confident about him clinging on to his job in 2022 at the very least, with odds of 1/4 on offer.

It’s fair to say the prime minister is no stranger to shrugging off controversy, but will the sheer weight of Dominic Cummings’ allegations, amongst many other things, see the hot water Johnson currently resides in reach boiling point?

While 1/4 still looks incredibly short, a few firms were offering prices of 1/7 mere days ago, so it’s clear things are heading in only one direction.

Who are Johnson's potential successors?

Should Johnson meet his end, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is the favourite to become next PM, priced at 16/5.

Second-favourite is labour leader Keir Starmer, but his ascension would involve his party winning a general election, but he's available at 41/10.

Michael Gove can be backed at 8/1, while Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab are 27/2 and 20/1 respectively.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "Headlines in the press appear to have had a seismic impact on the political betting markets, with odds slashed across the board on Boris Johnson leaving office this year.

"In terms of a potential successor, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the 16/5 consensus favourite ahead of Labour's Keir Starmer at 41/10, meaning no clear frontrunner has yet been established."

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