There may be frustration creeping in to several EU members about any extension.
Brexit: EU wary of divisions over UK delay
"The whole point of Article 50 [which sets out the legal process for leaving the EU] is to go," a diplomatic contact from one of the UK's closest trading partners told me.
"The UK triggered Article 50 two years ago, but it prevaricates, debates with itself and hovers around on the EU stage."
Key players in the EU, like France, also worry about the presence of a resentful UK-in-turmoil at the EU decision-making table - having a say in the make-up of the next EU budget, and choosing the next presidents of the European Commission and European Council.
But EU leaders are united in regarding the prospect of the UK taking part in those elections as a cross between a nightmare and a farce.