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Boris Johnson leads a bull around a pen as he visits Darnford Farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. Photo: Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday that the European Union will not grant the U.K. an extension to its Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if the current situation doesn't change, Bloomberg reports.

"We won’t start over again every three months. Let the British Parliament, let the British authorities tell us what’s the path."

Why it matters: Parliament passed a law last week that will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension from the EU if a last-minute deal isn't struck at the European Council meeting on Oct. 17 and 18. Johnson has repeatedly said that he will not seek an extension under any circumstances and that Brexit must be delivered on Oct. 31, even if it means crashing out of the EU without a deal.

  • The EU has thus far granted 2 Brexit extensions, after former Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get Parliament to back her deal. The biggest sticking point preventing a deal from being passed is the Northern Ireland "backstop," which Johnson says must be eliminated.
  • The EU has maintained that the backstop is simply an insurance policy to prevent a hard border in Ireland from ever being formed, and it has repeatedly called on Johnson to propose an alternative. Johnson has, thus far, failed to produce anything.

The big picture: Experts and even Johnson's own government have warned that a no-deal Brexit could have catastrophic economic consequences, in addition to causing food and drug shortages, traffic delays and a possible outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland.

  • Recent comments by government ministers suggesting that Johnson could ignore the anti-no-deal law passed in Parliament last week have sparked intense backlash, with the U.K.'s former director of public prosecutions telling Sky News Saturday that Johnson could go to prison if he refuses to delay Brexit.

Go deeper: What's next for Brexit bedlam

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

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Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline

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The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will "weaken" U.S. credibility and "ultimately damage transatlantic unity," according to documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: At a time when roughly 100,000 Russian troops are massing at its border, Ukraine views Nord Stream 2 as an existential threat to its security. The pipeline would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion.