Brexit would be done had Boris Johnson become Prime Minister in 2016 says May biographer | Books | Entertainment

Brexit would be done had Boris Johnson become Prime Minister in 2016 says May biographer | Books | Entertainment


Back in 2016, David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister after the UK voted to leave the European Union. As Theresa May announced her candidacy for the Tory leadership, all eyes were on Boris Johnson. However, Michael Gove, his fellow Vote Leave Brexit campaign lead, announced he would run.

At what was supposed to be Boris’ campaign launch, the Old Etonian said he wouldn’t be standing, and it wasn’t long before Mrs May was declared the victor and our new Prime Minister.

She then made her would-be rival Foreign Secretary, as Boris waited in the wings for another chance at the top job – the one he had coveted his whole life.

But three years later and we’re still in the EU, as the country heads to its third general election in less than five years. 

And now Sir Anthony Seldon, author of new biography May at 10, has exclusively revealed to Express.co.uk that had Boris become Prime Minister in 2016, Brexit would most likely have happened by now.

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He added: “She turned her back on all of it and that’s a terrible indictment.

“Had Boris won, he would have powered it through, or even Gove.

“Getting out would have been a long way down the line, but we might have been out by now.”

Sir Anthony also said that there’s a real chance Brexit will not happen now.

It all comes down to the very real possibility of Jeremy Corbyn entering No. 10 Downing Street on Friday the 13th.

May’s biographer said: “There’s a significant chance, maybe 20 per cent at the moment, that Corbyn will win.”

But not with a Labour majority, he reckons there’s only a 5 per cent chance of that outcome.

He added: “[There’s a real chance of] a progressive alliance and that there will be a second referendum. And then there’s a significant chance that referendum will vote to Remain and so that’s why it’s in doubt.”

May at 10 by Sir Anthony Seldon with Raymond Newell is out now.



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