EU say no extension, tick tock, WTO the only way to go
Which bit of the EU, Kamisiana? The EU is built up of several institutions. As far as I am aware Verhofstadt has said no extension but I am not sure that is very meaningful. Verhofstadt is Brexit coordinator in the EU parliament but I don't think the EU parliament has any say whatsoever in whether an extension is granted or not. Has someone else said no?
The decision whether to grant an extension lies with the member states and so will be decided by the Council, which is made up of the heads of state of the member states. For this issue the person to pay attention to is Donald Tusk, who is president of the Council and he has said that: "He will appeal to EU leaders "to be open to a long extension" of the Brexit deadline, if the UK needs to rethink its strategy and get consensus." The last part of his statement is code for "moving closer to staying in the EU". Obviously the leaders of the member states may not agree with him but he does carry a lot of weight. If May manages to get her deal through at the Nth meaningful vote, where N is a number less than infinity, I think they would also be open to a short technical extension, which is what she is proposing. I don't think they will grant a short extension unless the deal is agreed in parliament.
Most of the noises coming from individual member states are sympathetic to granting an extension, at least to some extent, but they are not a universal approval. For example Italy wants to know what exactly is the purpose. More worryingly there are a very large number of member states that the media seem to ignore. What are their opinions? The decision has to be unanimous.
PS For clarity, Scooby, I didn't suggest that no-deal should be taken off the table. I simply think that no-deal does not have the negotiating leverage you think it does. It is the inevitable outcome unless parliament agrees to do something. Parliament cannot take it off the table simply by voting to take it off the table. Parliament has to vote for something, e.g. a deal, any deal, or to amend the EU Withdrawal Act or to revoke Article 50. I am not sure amending the EU Withdrawal Act is a real option? There is no point in simply removing the date unless the EU has agreed to an extension, although it would need to be amended if the EU did grant an extension. It could be amended so that withdrawal was conditional on achieving a deal but what then happens when parliament cannot agree a deal?