The Party leader told a private meeting of MPs last week that Labour could not afford to turn down an election request from Boris Johnson. Mr Corbyn already ordered MPs to reject two previous opportunities to trigger a general election since the start of September. The orders were part of Mr Corbyn’s attempts to prevent a no deal Brexit.
To break the Brexit deadlock, the Prime Minister may try again in coming days to get approval for a general election.
In a meeting with a group of Labour MPs last week, Mr Corbyn admitted his party would be reprimanded by its own supporters and voters if a third request for an election was turned down.
One of the present members of the group said: “We just cannot afford to turn down another election request.”
On Tuesday, Labour officially said its backing of a general election was conditional on the length of the Brexit extension.
A source told The Sun: “To take no deal off the table, the extension has to be long enough to actually hold an election.”
Mr Corbyn’s desire to back a general election has put him on a fresh collision course with members of his party.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and fellow pro-Remain frontbenchers want Labour to force through a second referendum before giving the green light for an election.
The power struggle was played out in a shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Mr Corbyn’s loyalists demanded the Labour Party go for a snap general election.
Front benchers, including Laura Pidock and Dan Garden, called for the party to back Mr Corbyn’s preference for an early election rather than trying for a second referendum.
Sir Keir Starmer insisted Labour must do their best to force through a second referendum and then campaign for Remain.
The Brexit split within Labour’s frontbench has now spilled over.
According to The Guardian, Labour party chairman Ian Lavery furiously accused Sir Keir of “ramming this policy down my throat for 18 months.”
On Monday night Labour whips were described as “downbeat”.
It came over the prospects of preventing the Prime Minister from triggering a general election again – fearing the party would lose it and be left powerless to stopping Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal from eventually passing.
Mr Corbyn recommended his MPs to vote against Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal despite some of his own MPs from Leave constituencies urging him to allow the Prime Minister’s deal to go through Committee stages to be appropriately debated.
The Labour leader lost his temper during the debate as MPs attempted to interrupt him while arguing against Mr Johnson’s proposal.
As Mr Corbyn attempted to make his point in the House, MPs across all benches tried to interrupt him and make interventions of their own.
This caused the Labour leader to lose his temper, blasting: “There are so many people trying to intervene.
“May I deal with one at the time, please?
“Thank you very much, that’s very kind of you!”