As Theresa May’s governance of the UK’s departure from the European Union lurches from one fudge to another, arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has emerged as the strong favourite to be her successor as leader of the Conservative Party.
The MP for North East Somerset enjoyed a surge in popularity last summer with his vocal opposition to any form of soft Brexit and his recent appointment as the head of the right-wing European Research Group, made up of Tory MPs pushing for a clean break from the EU, has seen him back at the forefront of the debate.
A poll in Sunday’s Indepedent revealed growing support from Conservative voters for 48-year-old Old Etonian, who despite his priviliged upbringing has been cast as an anti-establishment figure. A year after the referendum he was at 50/1 with BetVictor to be his party’s next leader – he’s now the 7/2 favourite with Bet365 having moved ahead of the likes of Boris Johnson (8/1) and Michael Gove (11/1).
The Cabinet ministers pushing for a softer Brexit, notably Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, have drifted out in the betting, with Hammond now a 33/1 chance with Bet365.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|