Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, with whom May is trying to negotiate a compromise on the shape of Britain's long-term relationship with the European Union, was critical of the need for further delay. "The government is opposed to a confirmatory referendum and therefore we would not be supporting it". Pro-Brexit lawmakers said it was time to replace May with another Conservative leader - preferably a hard-core Brexiteer.
May said the date of Brexit and Britain's participation in European Parliamentary elections in late May "remain a decision for this house".
Prime Minister Theresa May has so far failed to get her own Conservative Party behind the Brexit divorce deal she agreed with other European Union leaders a year ago, forcing her to ask the bloc for a delay and to start talks with Labour about how to break the impasse in parliament.More news: John Legend & Chrissy Teigen squashed by Dwyane Wade during basketball game
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, with whom Mrs May hopes to strike a compromise accord, called the Brexit delay "another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire Brexit process".
Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said the talks would continue and "we will see by the end of next week how far we have got".
Seventeen other EU Member States, led by Germany, argued for a long extension, until December 31, like Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission, and Donald Tusk, that of the Council. The Brussels summit was more tense than expected, with France's President Emmanuel Macron opposing a long extension, with most others including German chancellor Angela Merkel in favour.
He hit out at what he said was an apparent attempt by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to "scupper" the talks by trying to rule out a customs union - a key Labour demand.More news: President Erdoğan calls for Sudan to restore peace, democracy
But there was little sign the UK's divided and exhausted lawmakers had heeded the EU's plea not to waste the six months of extra time granted to Britain at an emergency summit in Brussels. The latest plan, in an agreement finalized this week at a summit in Brussels, is for the U.K.to depart the bloc by October 31.
But a "no-deal" Brexit is still the legal default and could happen if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise and the European Union refuses to grant another extension.
Former U.K. Independence Party leader and MEP Nigel Farage speaks during the launch of the Brexit Party's European election campaign, in Coventry, England, Friday, April 12, 2019. If that happens the only way to stop Britain crashing out would be for the Government to choose the "nuclear option" and revoke the decision to leave.More news: Maxine Waters, Mnuchin Go Mano a Mano