Boris Johnson ‘wants to quit being PM because it’s like dragging a jet’

The Prime Minister thinks his job is ‘too much like hard work’, according to reports (Picture: Downing Street)

Boris Johnson likened the job of being Prime Minister to ‘pulling a jumbo jet down the runway’, according to reports.

The Tory leader apparently sees the role as ‘too much like hard work’ and he’s keen to get back his first love of writing.

Fresh speculation has emerged about the PM’s future, following revelations by his ex-advisor Dominic Cummings yesterday.

Mr Cummings alleged his former boss doesn’t want to go ‘on and on’ in the role and may quit in five years, even if he wins the next election.

Downing Street yesterday sought to dismiss the claims as ‘utter nonsense’ but the Daily Mail has reported Mr Johnson already has his post-Number 10 plans sketched out.

A source told the paper that the PM said: ‘This job is too much like hard work. It’s like pulling a giant 747 down the runway with a harness on your back. Every morning you get up and have to start pulling.

‘I do not want to go on and on like Thatcher and Blair. I want to get through this Parliament, win again and then head off soon afterwards.

‘I can’t wait till I can go back to writing, have fun and make money.’

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Mr Johnson has been in his role for two years (Picture: PA)

Mr Johnson is approaching his second anniversary of being Prime Minister and has to hold another election by December 2024.

According to Mr Cummings, he wants to win that election and then step down soon after.

‘Unlike other PMs, this one has a clear plan to leave at the latest a couple of years after the next election – he wants to make money and have fun, not “go on and on”,’ Mr Cummings wrote on his blog.

Mr Johnson’s predecessor in Number 10, Theresa May, only lasted three years while his old Etonian rival David Cameron did six.

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Mr Johnson ‘wants to get back to his first love of writing’ (Picture: PA)

The ‘go on and on’ phrase harks back to Margaret Thatcher who did want to stay in office forever but was ousted after 11 years.

It’s expected Mr Johnson will go back to his career as a writer when he does eventually leave office.

The PM held a lucrative Telegraph column and has penned several books during his long career in the public eye.

Responding to claims by Mr Cummings, Mr Johnson’s press secretary said yesterday: ‘The PM has actually been asked this before and has said himself it’s utter nonsense, so that still stands.’

Supportive MPs have claimed ‘wild horse wouldn’t drag him out of Number 10, if he were to win again at the next General Election.

Downing Street said the quotes attributed to the PM in the Daily Mail were untrue.

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