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French EU minister mocks the UK by naming her 'indecisive' cat 'Brexit' because it is 'reluctant to leave'

Nathalie Loiseau, France's Europe minister, has called her cat 'Brexit'. Credit: AP

France's Europe minister has reportedly named her cat 'Brexit' because of its indecisiveness and reluctance to leave, despite repeatedly begging to do so.

Nathalie Loiseau, who is the Emmanuel Macron government's Brexit chief, says she gave her cat the name because it miaows every morning to be let out the house, but then expresses displeasure when it's actually made to leave.

Her comments come ahead of a Commons vote that could see MPs reject Theresa May's deal for a third time, as EU leaders try to decide whether to give the UK a Brexit extension, and how long it should be, if it is granted.

In an apparent swipe at the UK's handling of the Brexit process, Ms Loiseau wrote on her private Facebook: "He wakes me up every morning miaowing to death because he wants to go out.

"Then when I open the door he stays in the middle, undecided, and then gives me evil looks when I put him out."

Her remarks follow comments made by Dutch PM Mark Rutte, in which he compared Theresa May to a character from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

He told Dutch broadcaster WNL: "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 added: "She’s incredible. She goes on and on. At the same time, I do not blame her, but British politics."

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has compared Theresa May to a Monty Python character. Credit: AP

Commenting on recent votes in the Commons and taking a more serious tone, Ms Loiseau, who is privy to French Brexit decision making, says British politicians "have said no to a 'no-deal' and they have said no to a realistic deal.

"They have to change their mind on one of the two options."

She said: "If there is no decision, the date of March 29 comes and then it's a 'no-deal,'" adding: "For the British to decide nothing is to decide on a 'no-deal.'"