​France’s European Affairs Minister Names Cat ‘Brexit’ Because Of Its Indecisiveness

While most people tend to give their cat a name that's fairly straightforward like 'Bella', 'Oscar' or 'Fluffy', every now and again you stumble across something a little more leftfield.

Take France's European Affairs Minister, for example, who has decided to take inspiration from politics across the Channel for her four-legged feline pal.

That's right, if we're talking about the UK and politics in one breath, we must of course be referring to the right old national pickle that is Brexit.

'Brexit' also happens to be the name of Nathalie Loiseau's pet - although it's no coincidence. She's explained that it's on account of the moggy's sheer indecisiveness, having told Le Journal du Dimanche that her cat meows loudly to be let out each morning... only to then refuse to go outside when she opens the door for him.


"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 said.

The initial referendum on Brexit was held on 23 June 2016 - when voters were asked whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

The Leave vote won by nearly 52 percent to 48 percent (17.4 million votes to 16.1m).

Initially, the UK's withdrawal from the European Union was due to take effect on 29 March. However, last week, a total of 412 MPs voted to delay this step, with 202 votes against.

A European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: PA
A European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: PA

This means Prime Minister Theresa May now has to officially request any extension on Brexit from the EU, and all 27 member states must agree to allow it to happen.

On Thursday, EU leaders will then come together in Brussels at a European Council summit to decide on the possibility of such an extension.

May claims any extension should last no longer than three months, but it will leave several possible outcomes.

These include a further - and third - Commons vote on the PM's deal, and renegotiation with the EU to construct a completely new Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Other outcomes could include a second referendum, a People's Vote or even a general election, depending on the length of any possible delay.

Brexit the cat, meanwhile, has just coughed up a furball.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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