Boris Johnson faces a turbulent period in his tenure as Prime Minister as he faces mounting pressure to reconsider his position after admitting he attended a gathering in Downing Street’s garden when strict lockdown rules prohibited it.
The Prime Minister told MPs in the House of Commons that he was present for 25 minutes on May 20, 2020, but in hindsight he should have sent officials back to their desks.
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He said he believed the meeting was a “work event” and apologized after telling the public many of them might not see it for what he had.
Senior official Sue Gray is investigating the gathering as well as others said to have also taken place at Downing Street, Whitehall and the Conservative Party headquarters.
So will the Prime Minister step down and when could Boris Johnson possibly step down from his role? Here’s what we know.
Will Boris Johnson step down as Prime Minister and when might he step down from the role?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologized for attending a drinks party in Downing Street’s garden but believes he thought it was technically within guidance.
That means the Prime Minister is unlikely to step down from his role as of this writing, but that hasn’t stopped a spate of gamblers from making predictions at UK bookmakers.
BetFred currently has the odds of an exit for Boris Johnson at 8/13 for this year. Players assume he will exit the reel in 2023 at odds of 5/1 and 2024 or later at odds of 9/4, but these are constantly updated.
Regarding an exact month or date, a lot of bets are made on it as well. Between this month and March 2022, the odds have dropped to 2/1.
If he leaves between April and June 2022, that currently has odds of 7/2. For a departure date between July and September 2022 there are odds of 5/1.
For October through December 2022, the odds are 8/1 that he will retire. It is on 14/1 for January to March 2023.
Between April and June 2023 the odds are 33/1 while for the rest of 2023 they are 50/1.
For bets on Boris Johnson going 2024 or later, there are odds of 9/4.