Instead, a compromise was reached giving Britain until the end of October, though some European Union member states wanted Britain to stay in the bloc until 2020.
To be sure, the political price Britain would have to pay for any further recess would spike, the sources said, and it is by far not a foregone conclusion that all the 27 states staying on together after Brexit would endorse another extension. Seeking to pacify the "hard Brexit" wing of her ruling Conservatives, prior to the EU Council summit May called for a shorter extension to June 30-with the option of bringing this forward if her Withdrawal Agreement with the EU is ratified by the British parliament.
The European Council agreed to a six-month extension of the Brexit process here early on Thursday morning, setting a new deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on October 31, 2019, and narrowly avoiding a no-deal scenario that had been scheduled for April 12.
The compromise, then, is halfway between the two camps - October 31st - giving May Six months to convince Parliament to play along with the plan she and the European Union created to create what critics call a "Brexit in Name Only". That's something the premier and many of her own Conservative Party colleagues have said would be unacceptable three years after Britain voted to leave the EU. French President Emmanuel Macron, in particular, needs to impose requirements on some delay to ensure Britain cooperates with the bloc.
However, the British Prime Minister argued that the United Kingdom could still leave the EU before October 31 and thus, avoid its participation in the next month's European Parliament elections. Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet after the extension was granted that the British people should be allowed to "decide if they still want to leave".
In his response to the prime minister's statement, Jeremy Corbyn blamed her failure to seek consensus for the fact that no deal that can command a majority in parliament has yet been reached.
Mrs May listed measures taken by her government, from freezing fuel duty to introducing the Living Wage, adding: "He should be backing these measures instead of voting against them".
More than half the public would like the government's final Brexit deal to be put to a second referendum, the poll also finds.
A cross-party agreement could help her get a deal through by May 22, just in time for Britain to leave the EU without having to take part in European Parliamentary elections at the end of next month.
Even after the European Union formally approved an extension of the Brexit deadline till October 2018, the collateral damage from Brexit continues to be felt, this time, with regards to the no-deal Brexit that did not take place.
Pro-EU politicians said the next few months should be used to hold a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.
Corbyn, meanwhile, could face rebellion from a high number of Labour lawmakers that want a brand fresh referendum on Britain's European Union exit.