European Union President Donald Tusk has announced a recommendation to extend Britain's exit period, while the British prime minister has vowed to suspend the deal law after the House of Commons rejected a proposal to pass it in three days.
"I recommend that the leaders of the 27 EU member states accept the British request for a new postponement and suggest that it be done in writing," Tusk said in a tweet.
France was quick to express its willingness to agree to a "technical" delay of several days, during which the British parliament would be allowed to approve the agreement, but rejected any extension aimed at "renegotiating the agreement."
"At the end of the week we will see if there is a justification for a purely technical extension for a few days, so that the British parliament can complete its parliamentary mechanism," said French Minister of State for European Affairs Aurélie Mo Monshalin.
"Beyond this perspective, there is no room for any extension to buy time or renegotiate the agreement."
British lawmakers had earlier agreed in principle to the Brexit implementation law, but rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request to expedite the agreement in three days, opening the door for a postponement of the Brexit scheduled for October 31. Ongoing.
In response to parliament's rejection of the exit timetable, Johnson said he would "stop" the Brexit legislation.
He said he would talk to EU member states "about their intentions," adding, "We will stop this legislation until they reach a decision."
Although the House of Commons forced him on Saturday to send the request for delay, Johnson insists he does not want to delay the Brexit, and says he will not "negotiate" Brussels to do so.
British opposition leader Jeremy Corbin said MPs who voted against the short timetable "refused to push them to discuss very important legislation in just two days without any notice or analysis of the economic impact of the bill."
He added that "the prime minister is responsible for his crisis," and offered to work with the government to agree on a "reasonable timetable" to study the legislation.