Donald Tusk calls on EU27 to endorse Brexit transition

EU President Donald Tusk said Wednesday he refused to congratulate Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election, following the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain that London blames on Moscow.

The main sticking point is a so-called backstop for the border.

Tusk didn't provide details on what had changed to put a solution at hand.

Tusk said the summit will address the issue further and build on a December blueprint between both sides.

Any similar conflict over the UK's Rock of Gibraltar on the Iberian peninsula should not present an obstacle, he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to address European Union leaders at a summit on Thursday on the progress of the investigation into the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

The President of the European Council has given an upbeat assessment of the prospects for a deal on the Irish border.

Former Polish premier Tusk, who has often been tough on Russian Federation, said the leaders will show "solidarity" with Britain after Salisbury but he also called for "practical conclusions as to what this means for the European Union".

Under a draft withdrawal agreement, Britain will remain bound by the EU's Common Fisheries Policy during a 21-month transition period after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Farage said the British government lacks "the guts or the strength" to stand up for fishing.

Several politicians from Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservative Party put in an appearance at the protest but did not take part in the fish-throwing.

To do so would risk scuttling the withdrawal deal and setting back negotiations on the future economic relationship between Britain and the EU.