The Prime Minister wants an election on October 15 but failed to get the necessary two-thirds of MPs to support it on Wednesday night.
The PM has laid a motion in the Commons to secure the poll.
It followed a humiliating defeat that saw MPs approve a bill blocking a no-deal Brexit.
"And I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation". The Daily Telegraph leads with suggestions the leader of the opposition is being a "chicken" by refusing to back an election. Is an election happening?
Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party, also voted against an election, saying his party "will not be party to the prime minister's games".
Johnson defeated on Brexit, hints at election
"For Jeremy Corbyn to continue to avoid an election would be a cowardly insult to democracy".
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off his first questions in parliament through goading opposition Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn for now not backing a brand new common election.
'We want a general election as well but we want it in the interests of the country when we have prevented a no-deal Brexit, and on that basis we have got to determine the date'.
Johnson, whose executive has misplaced its majority after he axed 21 lawmakers from his party, needs to carry a snap election to shake up parliament, which is deeply divided over Brexit and rejected his predecessor Theresa May's go out handle the European Union thrice.
She said: "The prime minister that we have at the moment is playing some bully boy game, of some bully boy at a public school that I probably wouldn't understand any more than I understand parliamentary procedures".
Multiple Labour MPs have insisted the party must not back any election until after 31 October so that Johnson is forced to request the extension - a move the prime minister has repeatedly insisted he will not do.