He also reiterated his warning that there can be a return to violence in Northern Ireland as a effect of the European Union and the United Kingdom failing to reach a Brexit deal which ensures there is no hard border. "What I feel today is that we are closer to the final solutions and the deal", he told reporters.
British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her fellow EU leaders no new Brexit proposals on Wednesday, though she appeared keen to reach an agreement, the head of the European Parliament said.
At a dinner on Wednesday night between European Union leaders, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is thought to have suggested a third transitional year after the UK leaves the European Union next March to try to resolve the deadlock over the Irish border issue.
She went on to say that the possible extension was, at this stage, only "an idea", adding that it would extend implementation of the withdrawal agreement "only by a matter of months".
Britain has secured a 21-month transition period following the formal date of Brexit in March 2019, to give authorities and companies time to prepare for new arrangements.
"We cannot find the money to fund our frontline police properly, we cannot find the 2 billion pounds for the vulnerable on Universal Credit, but we can mysteriously find billions to bung to the European Union for the unnecessary extra year", Conservative lawmaker Nadine Dorries said.
Leo Varadkar reiterated Ireland's position on the backstop, which he said must be legally operable and would prevent a hard border emerging between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Arriving for the second day of the European Council summit, Mrs May made clear she would accept an extension only as a means to ensure there was no hard border in Ireland if it proved impossible to implement the future partnership by the end of 2020.
In her news conference Mrs May appeared to rehearse the arguments she will likely use to argue back against those criticisms - that the idea isn't new, that it wasn't requested by the United Kingdom, but that it is worth considering if it opens up the blockage of the Irish backstop.
United Kingdom officials stressed that the Prime Minister was not proposing any extension to the period already agreed.
Russian Patriarch Visits Moldova to Cement Bond with Church
It will also demonstrate the extent to which Putin's actions have backfired by driving a wedge between Ukrainians and Russians. After a three-day synod last week, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church took a momentous step.
Such a border would violate the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) or Belfast Agreement that Northern Ireland's present devolved system of government is based on.
"Until now, May has insisted that a legal guarantee to ensure no new border emerges on the island of Ireland should be strictly limited in time".
A senior European Union official said that Britain would have to ask for the extension, and then the other 27 member states would have to agree.
Japanese vehicle firms warned that failing to reach a Brexit deal must be "avoided at all costs".
For all her "wittering" at the dispatch box about backstops, she "can get nothing worth having through parliament or the EU".
Tusk said the European Union leaders agreed to strengthen internal security and urged efforts to fight illegal cyber activities especially in the wake of a cyber-attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as revealed earlier this month.
She was also asked what business could do to help on Brexit, to which she suggested firms write to lawmakers in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, to make sure leaders were aware that business needed a resolution.
The admission will anger Brexiteers in the Conservative Party and pose a particular challenge to Scottish Conservative MPs, who have argued strongly for a swift exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.
But any extension will need to take into account concerns on both sides to avoid the transition ending with no deal. "May is a positive political message: we want to achieve an agreement", Tajani said.
"I really need to say though that any extension to the transition period couldn't be a substitute to the backstop, it would still need to have that". They do not know themselves what they want.