(Metro) Jeremy Corbyn in talks with opposition leaders for general election after Brexit

(Metro) Boris Johnson is likely to be granted his general election request but he may have to wait until after the Brexit deadline to hold a vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will call other opposition leaders on Monday to discuss a no-deal and a general election strategy. Mr Corbyn will speak with the SNP’s Ian Blackford, the Lib Dems’ Jo Swinson and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts about holding an election after the October 31 Brexit deadline, according to reports.

Opposition parties are concerned a general election should be delayed until after an extension has been secured to prevent a no-deal Brexit. It would mean the Prime Minister would be forced to abandon his plan to take the UK out of the European Union at the end of next month with or without a deal.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told Today: ‘The possibility of having a general election obviously is extremely attractive, but we have an immediate crisis in front of us and that has to be sorted before we do anything else.’ She added: ‘Unfortunately, given the behaviour of the Prime Minister and his advisers, we need to be absolutely sure that we are not going to end up in a situation where the general election is used as a distraction while they, by some cunning wheeze, bounce us out of the European Union without a deal.’ SNP Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins also said his first priority was ‘making sure no-deal is off the table’, the Times reported. He added: ‘We can’t trust Boris Johnson one bit.’

Mr Corbyn is thought to have already agreed with the SNP an election will not be held before October 20.

The Prime Minister will make a fresh attempt to call an early election on Monday for October 15. He will need the backing of two-thirds of MPs to succeed in his bid. Mr Johnson will continue campaigning for the election today in Scotland. He will visit a farm in Aberdeenshire to drum up support among voters.

A cross-party bid to require the PM to ask for a Brexit extension if there is not a deal in place cleared the Commons on Wednesday, and is due to complete its progress through the Lords today.