Boris Johnson “to be PM by end of year” Pressure mounts on Cameron over EU split


Bookies made the London Mayor favourite to take over at Downing Street – one day after he joined the anti-Europe campaign.

He has sneaked ahead of George Osborne in the market to be Britain’s next PM, with Paddy Power making him their 5-2 front runner. And were the UK to votes to leave the EU, he could enter Downing Street before the end of the year if Mr Cameron decides his position is untenable.

Paddy Power also made Donald Trump their 3-1 second favourite to become the next US President. Cameron was bullish yesterday as he set out his case in the House of Commons for Britain to stay in the EU, saying it would be “right for our country”.

In his first face-off with MPs since he hammered out a deal in Brussels last Friday, he slammed Mr Johnson for breaking ranks. He hit out at his hopes to be PM while touting his new deal, saying he had “no other agenda than what is best for our country”.

But as the PM spoke, Mr Johnson could be seen uttering “rubbish, rubbish”. Earlier, Mr Johnson’s dad Stanley warned that his son’s hopes for a “nice job” in the next Cabinet were shattered after he joined the Brexit campaign.

The former MEP said: “I think to say this is a careerist sort of move would be a total travesty.

“I cannot think of any more career-ending move than to do what he did yesterday, in the sense that he is leaving the mayoralty in May.

“If he wanted to get a nice job in the Cabinet on May 8 this is not the way to do it.”

A Paddy Power spokesman added: “Boris is a technicolour politician in a monochrome world.

“Rarely can one man have such a massive impact in a two-way market but for the first time Boris has leapfrogged George Osborne and is now our favourite to succeed Mr Cameron as the next Prime Minister.”