This French Minister Named Her Cat ‘Brexit’ Because It Complains To Be Let Out, But Never Leaves

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Even if you aren’t really familiar with the term, Brexit has a nice ring to it.

Politically, it refers to the UK’s departure from the European Union, a decision the British Parliament has waffled over since 2016, when just over half of all voters chose to leave the EU, though not everyone who participated in the election could express exactly why. A third referendum on the vote is scheduled for March 29, 2019.

In the meantime, the French minister for European Affairs has been poking fun at her neighbors across the English Channel by naming her cat “Brexit.”

As Nathalie Loiseau explains, the cat meows loudly to be let out every morning, then stands indecisively at the door, refusing to leave the house.

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French minister of European affairs, Nathalie Loiseau.


“He wakes me up every morning meowing to death because he wants to go out, and then when I open the door he stays put, undecided, and then glares at me when I put him out,” Loiseau told Le Journal du Dimanche.

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Loiseau named her cat “Brexit.”


At work, Loiseau is far less lighthearted about the situation. She has blocked a number of Brexit proposals from the UK, urging British leadership to make haste in its decision, rather than delay discussions any longer. Loiseau has even parroted UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s “No deal would be better than a bad deal” phrase, albeit with a slightly different meaning, coming from the continental side of the Channel.

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“Brexit” is a portmanteau of British and exit, alluding to the UK’s departure from the European Union.


Other members of the EU, as well as their ministers, have similarly lost confidence in May, though they haven’t lost their sense of humor. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said May reminded him of the Black Knight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

“She reminds me occasionally of that character from Monty Python where all the arms and legs are cut off but he then tells the opponent: ‘Let’s call it a draw.'” he told Politico.

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Nathalie Loiseau with Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra, 2017.

According to the Independent, Loiseau will face off against Marine Le Pen in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections. Le Pen lost the bid for the French presidency to Emmanuel Macron in May 2017.

Learn more about Loiseau’s take on Brexit in the video below.

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