German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fight for an “orderly Brexit” until “the very last hour”.
Mrs Merkel said that current events were in a “state of flux”, adding that European Union leaders will try to react to whatever the UK proposes.
The UK is due to leave the EU in 10 days with or without a deal.
PM Theresa May is writing to European Council President Donald Tusk to ask for an extension to the process and will meet EU leaders later this week.
At home, a new vote on UK Brexit deal has been blocked by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.
The deal has already been defeated twice by MPs, and Mr Bercow has ruled that Mrs May cannot bring it back for a third vote without “substantial” changes.
Mrs Merkel refused to be drawn on whether she would now support an extension. Addressing a conference in Berlin, she said:
“I will fight for an orderly Brexit on 29 March until the very last hour.
“We don’t have that much time left… I must say that I’m not in a position to speculate on what I will do on Thursday because it depends on what Theresa May will tell us.”
An aide to French President Emmanuel Macron also said any possible request for an extension would not be automatically accepted.
“An extension is not for certain”, the aide said.