Jeremy Corbyn has said a general election “is coming” but refused to accept the Prime Minister’s terms for a snap poll.
In an address to union members in Brighton he pledged to “unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen”.
“No-one can trust the word of a Prime Minister who is threatening to break the law to force through no deal,” he said.
“So a general election is coming. But we won't allow Johnson to dictate the terms.”
Boris Johnson has defended his decision to suspend Parliament until mid-October and said any suggestion it was anti-democratic was a “load of nonsense”.
“We were very, very clear that if people wanted a democratic moment, if they wanted an election, we offered it to the Labour opposition and mysteriously they decided not to go for it,” he said.
Mr Johnson has spoken for over an hour inside Downing Street with DUP leader Arlene Foster and her party’s Westminster head Nigel Dodds, who said it was a “very good meeting as always”.
“We'll be updating colleagues and making some statements in the future. A very good meeting, a very good meeting,” he said.
Both Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn have unofficially launched their election campaigns, but a vote before the October 31 Brexit deadline is highly unlikely.
The earliest a general election could now take place is mid-November due to the suspension of Parliament.