Angela Merkel has announced that she will "do everything" to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Speaking ahead of today's EU summit, the German chancellor said she would work "until the last hour" to ensure Britain does not leave the EU without a deal.
With Britain currently scheduled to leave next week with or without a deal, Mrs Merkel said Germany has put "the most important emergency measures" in place to deal with a no-deal Brexit.
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But she added: "We will, despite these measures we have taken, work until the last day - I will say until the last hour - to ensure that this emergency planning doesn't come into effect."
She added: "We will do everything in the remaining, admittedly few, days to achieve an orderly, joint solution."
Theresa May is heading to Brussels today to seek a three-month extension to Article 50 with EU leaders.