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Brexit – the gift that keeps on giving!

Bookmakers may well be cashing in on the twists and turns that the Brexit process continues to throw up. Really, you can’t over-estimate how much of a mess the state of politics in the UK is in at the moment. Greece may be the cradle of ancient democracy but the British Parliament has always been regarded as the modern equivalent. However, reasoned argument and common sense has gone out the windows of the House of Commons and has left behind politicians on both sides of the debating arena who qualify to be classified among several versions of stupid.

How is it that so many self-serving individuals have managed to get elected at the same time? On one side, you have a Government that is so divided it has cabinet ministers trying to vote down their own resolutions – on the other side, an Opposition that changes its position more than the weather.

The Prime Minister has no authority and, apparently, no plan beyond the one which she keeps trying to get through a Parliament that is having none of it. Even that latter option has been blocked thanks to the Speaker of the House, who has clearly seen enough of Theresa May banging her head against the Speaker’s Table. John Bercow has become the latest hate figure among Brexiteers but is only doing his job as an impartial arbitrator who is tied by the precedents and laws of Parliament. However, Coral are already pricing up his successor with Lindsay Hoyle, a Labour MP for more than 20 years in Lancashire, the 4/5 favourite. Harriet Harman, Britain’s longest-ever continuously-serving female MP, is 4/1 with Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne since 2005, next best at 10/1.

Odds for Next House of Commons Speaker

Lindsay Hoyle 4/5
Harriet Harman 4/1
Chris Bryant and Charles Walker 10/1
Eleanor Laing 12/1
Jacob Rees-Mogg 16/1
Owen Paterson 20/1
Hilary Benn and Frank Field 25/1
Michael Fabricant and Peter Bottomley 33/1

(Odds correct at 10.30am March 19)

The more general odds associated with Brexit are so volatile that they will have probably have changed before I get to the end of this article but, as I write, Coral have No New UK EU Referendum before the end of 2019 at 2/7 and the exact opposite at 5/2. If you believe there will be another referendum before the end of this year and that the UK will now vote to Remain you can have 4/1.


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