This time round the consensus view is that the European Union will go in the opposite direction and offer a much longer extension until the end of the year.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas echoed Rutte's concerns and said May must clarify her plan before the upcoming EU summit so European leaders could "form an opinion on an extension" and "under what circumstances" any postponement could take place.
The move comes after parliament has repeatedly been unable to find a solution to the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
Conservative activists could go on strike and refuse to campaign for Tory MEP candidates after Theresa May said the United Kingdom will prepare to take part in European elections on May 23. No I'm not - actually I've got many other things in my life I'd like to do, I thought we'd won the Brexit battle but I'm not going to after 25 years of endeavour watch British politicians roll us over.
An official in the French presidency said earlier that Macron, who has taken a stern line on the conditions for any further Brexit delay, was "waiting for a credible plan between now and the [EU] summit on April 10, when we will study the request".
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"None of us want no deal next week but we also want to avoid rolling extensions because that just adds to the uncertainty so perhaps a longer extension might make more sense", Varadkar told Irish national broadcaster RTE. German Justice Minister Katarina Barley tweeted: "This playing for time must end".
After more than two years of tortuous discussions about the minutiae of the separation, European Union leaders are tired of London's failure to agree its own divorce and patience is wearing thin. She said she is making the preparations even though she believes it is not in the interest of either Britain or the European Union for her country to participate because it is leaving the bloc.
May's team is now holding negotiations with leaders from Britain's main opposition Labour Party in a bid to secure enough votes to push through her deal on a fourth attempt.
May said in her letter that Britain is reluctantly ready to begin preparations for the European elections if no Brexit deal is reached in the interim.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Bill made the chances of the United Kingdom crashing out "very unlikely", as he suggested he could accept a customs union compromise.
"We do need change if we're going to compromise", said Keir Starmer, the party's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said, adding that Labour wants the talks to continue.
Both main parties made commitments after the referendum to deliver Brexit, but they never settled on a plan for how to leave or what future relationship to seek.