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16/02/2016 12:38 GMT | Updated 16/02/2016 12:59 GMT

'Brexit': Bookmaker Ladbrokes Thinks Boris Johnson Will Campaign To Stay In The European Union

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Mayor of London Boris Johnson poses for photographs at the launch of London's first cycle superhighway on November 19, 2015 in London, England. Superhighway 5 (CS5) is the capital's first two lane fully segregated cycle superhighway.  (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Mayor of London Boris Johnson poses for photographs at the launch of London's first cycle superhighway on November 19, 2015 in London, England. Superhighway 5 (CS5) is the capital's first two lane fully segregated cycle superhighway. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Bookmakers think Boris Johnson will campaign for the UK to stay in the European Union after David Cameron strikes his eagerly-anticipated new deal with Brussels.

Ladbrokes is offering odds of 1/4 for the London mayor to back the “In” campaign, going against the grain of commentators who think the Tory MP’s decision hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, the firm has Business Secretary Sajid Javid as 1/2 to join the “Out” campaign, and Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, as 1/2 to declare he favours the UK remaining in the EU.

Ladbrokes is not taking bets on any other Cabinet ministers, signalling it thinks their minds are made up and the three it is offering odds on are the only ones where lingering doubts remain.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue told HuffPost UK: “Despite there being plenty of talk of Boris being on the fence the odds firmly favour him falling down on the remain side when it comes to the crunch. As for the leave side, of those we're still taking bets on Javid is the most likely supporter.”

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David Cameron's current Cabinet

Johnson has repeatedly toyed with the idea of “Brexit”, suggesting life outside the EU is nothing to be afraid of. Many have suggested burnishing his eurosceptic credentials is vital to his hopes of becoming Conservative Party leader once Cameron stands down.

As revealed by HuffPost UK, the Cabinet will meet on Friday after the Prime Minister concludes his summit with EU leaders in Brussels, where he is expected to have secured a deal to claw back powers for the UK.

At the unprecedented Cabinet meeting, Cameron will confirm he has suspended collective ministerial responsibility - allowing ministers to campaign for “Brexit” while the Government pushes to remain in the union.

The move effectively fires the starting gun on the in-out EU referendum, likely on June 23.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Commons Leader Chris Grayling, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and Employment Minister Priti Patel are all expected to campaign for “Brexit” from Friday.

The campaign’s opening gambit include the cross-party Grassroots Out event on Friday night and Cameron appearing on this Sunday's Andrew Marr Show to herald his reform package. It has been suggested Duncan Smith could also appear on the programme to make the rival case.