None of the main opposition parties have committed yet to backing the government’s motion for early elections, and it is unclear whether Johnson will have the votes to get it over the line.
Labour lawmaker Ian Lucas rejected Johnson’s demand for a snap poll, saying it was “not in the national interest.”
“What makes sense now is to discuss the Withdrawal Bill in a 3 month extension period, have the various votes and make the decisions. To have a General Election now is not in the national interest,” Lucas wrote.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted the Johnson was “trying to have his cake and eat it.”
“A General Election will not resolve Brexit, and it must not happen until No Deal is properly secured and until people have had a final say,” she wrote.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Johnson was dangling an election to get his “own way.”
“So Johnson appears to be saying to MPs ‘if you vote for an election, I’ll bring back my bad Brexit bill and try to drag us out of the EU before we go to the polls’,” Sturgeon tweeted.
“Elections should be exercises in letting voters decide, not devices for charlatans to get their own way.”
Plaid Cymru too rejected Johnson’s proposal, with party leader Adam Price describing Johnson as “an increasingly desperate Prime Minister who has run out of road,” PA reported.
“Our priority remains delivering a final say referendum, rather than an election, as the clearest way to end the Brexit chaos,” Price said. “If his gamble fails on Monday, the Prime Minister has no option but to resign.”