BORIS Johnson will seek to trigger a snap election on Monday with MPs set to vote again on whether the UK should go to the polls next month.

The Prime Minister’s initial bid to force a poll on October 15 was blocked on Wednesday night when only 298 MPs supported it, well short of the two thirds – or 434 votes – required under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

It is understood Downing Street believes it can resubmit the same motion under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – even though the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has previously objected to the same motion being put forward twice.

The fresh vote on an early election is scheduled just before Parliament is due to be prorogued – or suspended – from next week until October 14.

Announcing the vote, Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the suspension would begin on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but did not say precisely when.

Opposition parties yesterday held talks about a response to the PM’s call for an election, amid concern over whether it should be delayed until after an extension has been agreed to prevent a No Deal on October 31.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party does want an election, but not until a rebel bill blocking a No Deal is on the statute books. That is expected to happen on Monday – before MPs vote on Johnson’s new election bid.

But some senior Labour figure have suggested that the election should not take place until the extension to Brexit has been secured and implemented, ensuring Johnson cannot change the date of an election to early November to bring about a No-Deal withdrawal.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told BBC Radio 4: “The problem that we have got is that we cannot at the moment have any confidence in Boris Johnson abiding by any commitment or deal that we could construct.

“That’s the truth of it. So, we are now consulting about whether it’s better to go long, therefore, rather than to go short.”

He added the party was “taking legal advice on how secure that bill is, but we’re also consulting the other opposition parties, and our own party on the date of a General Election”.

Both the LibDems and Plaid Cymru want a November poll, but the SNP have suggested they would prefer an election after the bill requiring the Government to seek an extension is passed, but before the Brexit extension has been implemented.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It’s starting to feel like Labour doesn’t want an election at all ... and leaving this PM in place knowing he’ll try every trick in book to get what he wants would be irresponsible. Opposition must get Bill through and then seek to force election BEFORE Parliament prorogued.”

There is also speculation that if the Government’s effort to trigger an election in mid-October is defeated again on Monday, Johnson will introduce a one-line bill overriding the FTPA calling for an election on 15 October – two days before the European Council meets.

Crucially, that would only require a simple Commons majority, which the Government could achieve with possibly the SNP’s backing.

Johnson’s spokesman yesterday declined to confirm any likely timetable, but said: “I would just point you to the position set out by the PM last night, which is that the public must be given a say in a General Election before the EU council on whether they want a further delay to Brexit into 2020.”

Johnson was, he said, “absolutely clear that there needs to be an election before the European Council on 17 and 18 October. The public needs to be given a say in how the mess created is sorted”.