British media have been misrepresenting the EU and everything about Brexit all the way. It's not a first.
Printed media with an agenda, yes. However, I believe the BBC's reporting of matters relating to Brexit has been fair and balanced. The fact both remainers and brexiteers have complained about "BBC bias" suggests balance to me.
That's the whole point: Most UK media are either completely in the bag for the billionaire brexiters or they are so intimidated that they actually try to hold the "balance" between facts and outright lies.
So you get about 50% pure lies from the BBC and they have almost completely given up on actually challenging lies in favour of just being "balanced" between facts and lies, mostly in fully being on board with the completely delusional narrative most UK politicians have agreed on in their shared groupthink
and almost never venturing outside to the cold, hard real world of actually holding politicians to account.
The thing is that allowing the UK to stay beyond April 12th without activating EU elections in the UK would be inviting disaster and would damage EU interest so severely that that is simply not an option.
While you don't consider it an option, the wording of the EU27 communique appears to leave that very door open. See my highlighting in section 3 below.
No, it says exactly what I've said above, including the implication: If Theresa May fails to win the WA vote that means she'll take the road that ends with April 12th, with the consequences I indicated.
That will be the last day to revoke Article 50 or to declare participation in the EU elections (given that the WA will have been rejected at that point), or the UK will drop out of the EU with a hard Brexit the next day.
The EU elections are a hard boundary to the Westminster shenanigans and ironically the absurd decision of the ECJ allowing for unilateral revocation of Article 50 actually takes away any chance of an extension until June 30 because that option makes such an extension absolutely and totally toxic with the then very real revocation risk after it's already too late to heal the UK's lack of MEPs. Seeking that judgment has actually curtailed the UK's options in that respect, not extended them!