Boris Johnson will launch another bid for a snap general election in the Commons next week, Jacob Rees-Mogg has revealed.
The leader of the Commons said the government would table another motion for an early general election on Monday, before parliament is suspended.
Johnson needed the support of two-thirds of the Commons – 434 MPs – for his motion to be passed, but lost the vote 298 - 56.
However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not back the PM’s calls for a general election until the chance of a no-deal Brexit had been blocked completely.
Last night, MPs voted in favour of a bill that, if it becomes law, would require Johnson to request an extension to the Brexit deadline from the EU.
However, there are fears on the Labour benches that, if Johnson is given an election before October 31 and the Conservative Party wins, he could overturn the legislation and force through a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson has said that the bill to block a no-deal Brexit would hand control to the EU, leading to “more dither, more delay, more confusion”.
His calls for an election come in the same week the Tory Party lost 22 MPs and its majority in the parliament.
Speaking in the Commons, Rees-Mogg refused to rule out the government making a third attempt to trigger a general election if MPs rejected the motion on Monday.
He was asked by Labour MP Angela Eagle whether there could be a third vote on a snap election and whether the government would push back the date parliament would be suspended.
The cabinet minister replied: “The Privy Council determined that a commission should be established under the Lord High Chancellor and under the Great Seal should be able to prorogue parliament on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
“Parliament will be prorogued according to a decision made by that commission. That commission has not yet made its decision.”