Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign team have been holding talks with leaders of the DUP, whose confidence and supply arrangement is holding the government together.

Having survived a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party in December, Theresa May will not have to face the same ballot within a year. Conservative MPs, increasingly frustrated with May’s leadership, are looking at alternative methods of trying to topple the Prime Minister without collapsing the government and triggering a general election.

If the DUP withdrew from the confidence and supply agreement it would trigger a general election, an outcome unlikely to be popular with either the DUP or Johnson’s campaign team, who both stand to lose power and influence.

Extensions to the Brexit deadline have caused a drop in support for the Conservative Party, with Opinium, YouGov, Kantar, Survation, Hanbury and BMG recording a significant lead in the polls for the Labour Party. 

If successful in his move to become Prime Minister, Johnson is reported to have offered Amber Rudd the role of Chancellor. Speculative accounts suggest that this top government job would come in exchange for Rudd’s support for the Johnson campaign and that Rudd may insist Johnson stops supporting a no-deal Brexit. 

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