'No deal Brexit' would be unthinkable, says John Lewis chairman

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers pass a branch of John Lewis in London, Britain, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is unprepared to leave the European Union without a deal and chaos would ensue were it to happen, the chairman of the biggest department store group John Lewis said on Wednesday.

With only nine months left until Britain is due to leave the EU, there is little clarity about how trade will flow. Big business has started to warn of the consequences, with Siemens SIEGn.DE, Airbus AIR.PA and BMW BMWG.DE all saying that their businesses would be hurt by a disorderly Brexit.

“A no deal Brexit is in my view a pretty much unthinkable scenario,” Charlie Mayfield told reporters.

Reporting by James Davey, Writing by Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle