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U.K. Cabinet official Michael Gove refused to say on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" Sunday whether the British government would abide by a law passed by Parliament that seeks to prevent a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

MARR: If this legislation goes through Parliament, does the government abide by it?
GOVE: Let's see what the legislation says.
MARR: Surely the answer has to be yes. It's the law.
GOVE: Let's see what the legislation says. You’re asking me about a pig in a poke. And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward."

Why it matters: Parliament returns from August recess next week, where its first order of business will be presenting legislation to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the EU. Lawmakers' power to stop a no-deal has been severely hampered by Johnson's dramatic decision to suspend Parliament, which has cut down on the amount of time it will be in session before Oct. 31.

  • Gove is responsible for planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which experts and even leaked documents from his own government suggest could cause food and drug shortages, among other things.
  • Gove admitted that food prices could go up if the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal, but denied that there would be fresh food shortages.

In a statement, the trade body for Britain's retailers called Gove's statement "categorically untrue."

"The retail industry has been crystal clear in its communications with government over the past 36 months that the availability of fresh foods will be impacted as a result of checks and delays at the border. Indeed, the government's own assessments showed that the flow of goods through the channel crossings could be reduced by 40 to 60 per cent from day one, as would the 'availability and choice' of some foods."
— British Retail Consortium

The big picture: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the U.K. on Saturday against Johnson's plans to suspend Parliament, with many activists and opposition politicians condemning it as a "coup" and "a constitutional outrage."

Go deeper: What Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament means for Brexit

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Yes, but: The massive disruption to the industry furthered an industry wide mismatch between supply and demand, exacerbating the global chip shortage.

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The big picture: This has happened before, and clinics fear the crush of demand would be a major problem in the immediate wake of a decision that would allow states to ban abortion.

A critical race theory founder says he's being inundated with threats

Richard Delgado. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado, one of the founders of the critical race theory movement, tells Axios he and his wife have been receiving a steady stream of threatening messages since the coordinated, conservative campaign against critical race theory began.

Why it matters: Educators across the country — even some elementary school teachers — have faced harassment and threats over the past year over lesson plans that teach about system racism in the U.S.