The Prime Minister proposed to end the country’s Brexit “nightmare” by challenging Mr Corbyn to a showdown on December 12. Leaders of the EU are poised to grant the Labour leader’s wish of delaying Brexit again tomorrow. The delay will most likely be until January 31 which will rule Britain out of leaving on Halloween with a no deal.
Mr Johnson offered the Labour leader more time to debate his withdrawal deal in a bid to finally get Brexit done.
Mr Corbyn, who has repeatedly used the possibility of a no deal as an excuse to avoid voters, has still refused to back an election.
The Labour boss ignored Mr Johnson’s offer, saying he’d only back an early election when a no deal Brexit is “off the table”.
In an interview, he said: “Take no-deal off the table and we absolutely support a general election.
“I’ve been calling for an election ever since the last one because this country needs one to deal with all the social injustice issues – but no deal must be taken off the table.”
Mr Corbyn insisted he had to wait for the EU to agree to an extension before he would back an election.
The Sun revealed Labour already ordered its MPs to abstain from an election vote on Monday.
To call an early election, the Government would need the backing of two thirds of MPs due to the Fixed Terms Parliament Act.
This would fall considerably short of the 429 votes needed to trigger the vote without Labour.
Mr Corbyn revealed he’d been led by the EU in whether to back a snap election.
He added: “Tomorrow the European Union will decide wether there’s going to be an extension or not.
“That extension will obviously encompass whether there’s a no deal or not, let’s find that out tomorrow.”
Mr Corbyn was pressed on whether there is a chance he could back a snap festive vote on Monday.
He commented: “The principle is: take no deal off the table, EU answer tomorrow, then we can decide.”
Last night, the Government officially cancelled their plans to hold the Budget on November 6.
A Treasury source said: “Parliament has voted for a delay. We’re calling for an election so we won’t be delivering the Budget on November 6.”
As well as challenging Mr Corbyn to an election, he also made a move to force his Brexit deal through first.
He promised MPs they could have the extra time they wanted to debate and pass his deal if they agree to go to the country for a vote before Christmas.
Mr Johnson added if Parliament did not pass the deal by November 6 an election should still take place within weeks.
The more places mounted pressure on Mr Corbyn ahead of a titanic Commons vote next Tuesday on Mr Johnson’s’ election plan.
The Shadow Cabinet met for an emergency meeting to decide Labour’s strategy on Thursday evening.