Downing Street signalled it could reach an agreement with the parties.
A No 10 source said: “Jeremy Corbyn and MPs’ refusal to deliver Brexit is damaging our democracy and causing harm for millions of businesses. Leaving this Parliament in place means not just three months more of pointless delay, but potentially further extensions and delay after that.
“We can’t allow parliament to waste 2020 the way it has wasted 2019 – the country wants Brexit done so we can move on and focus the public’s priorities. Tomorrow MPs will vote on an election on 12 December so we can get a new Parliament.
“If Labour oppose being held to account by the people yet again, then we will look at all options to get Brexit done including ideas similar to that proposed by other opposition parties.”
Mr Johnson wants an election to break the deadlock in Parliament after the timetable for his withdrawal agreement bill was blocked.
Commons Speaker John Bercow, who has faced furious accusations of Remainer bias in his handling of Brexit in the chamber quits on Thursday.
But Tories fear pro-EU plotters are planning to install Labour’s Harriet Harman as a “continuity” candidate.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said she was concerned the Lib Dem/ SNp election bid was a “stunt” but insisted the government would “have to see in what context it comes” before deciding what to do.
MPs will vote on the motion tomorrow put down by the Prime Minister for a December 12 election.
Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act passed by the coalition, it needs a two-thirds majority, 434 out of 650 MPs, to pass. Labour is expected to oppose it.
The Lib Dem-SNP proposal on Tuesday of a tightly-drafted Bill allowing for a December 9 poll that would need only a simple majority.
It means it could pass with the support of the government and the 19 Lib Dem and 35 SNP MPs.
Brussels has said it will extend the October 31 departure date and is expected to push it back until January 31.
The Remainer Bill will only allow a general election if that new exit timetable is agreed by the EU.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said the Bill would give legal certainty to the election date and rule out a no-deal Brexit in the short term.
“The advantage of this Bill is that it enshrines the date in law,” she told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show.
Divisions in Labour over whether to back an election continued to deepen.
Frustrated MPs in the party are scrambling to find a way to oust Mr Corbyn ahead of a general election fearing he will lead them to political oblivion.
Backbencher Neil Coyle is said to have told Mr Corbyn that “we may never have a Labour prime minister again” if he agrees to an election now.
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said the Lib Dem-SNP election plan was “entirely ridiculous”.
“It’s just a stunt so the Lib Dems can get on the telly today,” he told Sky News.
Former prime minister Tony Blair said Mr Corbyn should rule out a general election until a no-deal exit is ruled out completely, including during future trading arrangements that are not due to finish until the end of 2020.
He told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour: “The sensible thing for him (Mr Corbyn) to say to Boris Johnson is, ‘Yes, I’ll agree to your general election, but you’ve got to agree to timetable proper scrutiny of your Bill and allow us to amend that so that we rule out no-deal as the outcome of the future negotiation’.
“Because otherwise Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t prevented no-deal. He can make that happen.
“He can say, the moment that’s done properly, he’s up for a general election. But it’s got to encompass the future negotiations and not simply the exit deal.”
Am opinion poll from researchers Opinium made for worrying reading for Labour, putting the Tories 16 points clear of the main opposition party.
Opinium’s survey predicts the Tories would take 40 percent of the vote, Labour 24 percent and the Lib Dems and Brexit Party following with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Mr Ashworth admitted he could see the polling was “not great” for his party but said he thought Labour could “win people over to our programme” during an election.
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