Bookies across the UK have started accepting bets on whether Trump’s America or Brexit Britain will be the first to descend into open civil war. 
Bookies across the UK have started accepting bets on whether Trump’s America or Brexit Britain will be the first to descend into open civil war. Most bookies currently favour America, with odds averaging 3 to 2, though Ladbrokes has broken with the pack by offering odds of 7 to 5 in favour of Britain. 
 
Bookmakers introduced the new category following ‘strong customer demand’ and have since reported being ‘inundated with bets’. A senior industry source revealed that ‘political instability’ in Britain and America has led to a ‘surge’ in demand for such bets, with punters ‘trying to get one final thrill before possible nuclear Armageddon’. 
 
The industry source also noted that some of the bets placed have been ‘highly substantial’. In particular he noted that the Westminster branch of a major bookmaker had received a bet of £50,000 from a ‘Mrs T. May’ that Britain would enter civil war first, with May being ‘absolutely convinced’ that ‘Brexit’s going to go tits up’. 
 
When we interviewed people in London reaction to the bookies announcement was mixed. Graham Andrews, a scaffolder from Peckham, admitted he was ‘open to the idea of civil war’ as it might ‘reduce house prices a bit’. However Manvir Singh, an ambulance driver from Dagenham, stated he was ‘generally opposed’ to the idea of a civil war as he is already feeling ‘somewhat overworked’. 
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