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The United Kingdom's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson rebuked Prime Minister Theresa May in his Daily Telegraph column, saying she's a "chicken" whose government "blinked" in Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

"We are not leaving this Friday because the government has chickened out. Extend the implementation period to the end of 2021 if necessary ... but come out of the EU now — without the [Irish] backstop. It is time for the PM to channel the spirit of Moses in Exodus, and say to Pharaoh in Brussels – let my people go."

Why it matters: Britain was supposed to exit the EU Friday, but the European Council gave it a Brexit extension to April 12.

Between the lines: May faces pressure to resign over Brexit. The Sunday Times reported 11 ministers planned to tell her a caretaker leader should take over, though 2 ministers linked to the report said they backed her, according to the BBC. She met with senior Conservative Party members to discuss Brexit Sunday afternoon — including Johnson.

What's next? The U.K. Parliament is due to hold several votes on Brexit this week, including on May's withdrawal deal, opting for a no deal and whether there should be a second referendum.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.

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