GERMANY'S deputy foreign minister has admitted that the leading European country in the EU has not prepared for a no deal hard Brexit, despite concern that EU inflexibility may force Britain to crash out.
Germany has not prepared for a no deal Brexit, despite warnings from Brexiteers that EU bullying may force Britain to walk away from the negotiating table.
German deputy foreign minister Michael Roth let slip that Angela Merkel's cabinet had no contingency plans if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.
This admission suggests that the EU are optimistic about securing a trade deal with the UK at the October European Council summit, despite the ongoing deadlock.
Speaking to Bloomberg's Birgit Jennen, Mr Roth also acknowledged that a hard Brexit could cripple the European Union and damage the German economy.
When Jennen challenged the German minister on whether Germany was "preparing for a hard Brexit," Mr Roth simply said: "Frankly speaking, no."
He added: "A hard Brexit has a lot of negative impacts on the EU members states including Germany.
"We are working very hard to create a close and forward-looking relationship with the UK."
This admission contradicts the European Council's own recommendation to member-states published yesterday to prepare "for all outcomes".