Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is as fancied as ever to win the next general election and become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, just as Sir Simon Fraser, former chief mandarin at the Foreign Office, has said Brexit negotiations “have not begun well.”
Incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May and her conservative party are in the opening phases of executing Britain’s departure from the European Union after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was triggered earlier this year.
Corbyn is current a 9/4 (3.25) shot with William Hill to win the next general election—expected to take place in 2018—and leads a host of conservative competitors, including David Davis, Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson, who sit at odds between 4/1 (5.00) and 6/1 (7.00).
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, Sir Simon outlined his fears that turmoil within the cabinet could disrupt Brexit discussions further:
“The negotiations have only just begun, I don’t think they have begun particularly promisingly, frankly, on the British side. We haven’t put forward a lot because, as we know, there are differences within the cabinet about the sort of Brexit that we are heading for and until those differences are further resolved I think it’s very difficult for us to have a clear position.”
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Next Prime Minister Odds
Jeremy Corbyn: 9/4 (3.25)
David Davis: 4/1 (5.00)
Philip Hammond: 4/1 (5.00)
Boris Johnson: 6/1 (7.00)
Jacob Rees-Mogg: 8/1 (9.00)
Amber Rudd: 12/1 (13.00)