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David Cameron made his decision to hold the Brexit vote in Chicago over deep dish pizza

Written by
Clayton Guse

People outside of Chicago have long bemoaned our city's deep dish pizza. Jon Stewart has called it a "f*ckin' casserole." Anthony Bourdain regularly voices his disdain over the dish, calling it an abomination. Heck, even Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin's called it "an offense against the pizza gods."

We could quibble all day over the fact that real Chicagoans hardly ever eat deep dish, but that's not what matters now—not after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, a decision that apparently has roots at O'Hare International Airport, over deep dish pizza.

In January 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron (who resigned on Friday) announced the decision to hold a referendum vote on whether the country should separate from the EU. But, according to Quartz, the decision was made months before, when Cameron was in Chicago for the NATO Summit in May 2012. During his trip, the PM is said to have met with Downing Street chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and British foreign secretary William Hague at O'Hare—and the three dined over some serious pizza from an unspecified vendor. And it's there that Cameron, facing a good amount of political opposition in the UK, allegedly decided to hold a Brexit vote. He probably thought, "They'll never vote to leave the EU. I mean, look at this pizza. All of the ingredients work so well together."

Welp, Cameron was wrong, and now he's out of a job. It's unclear what effect the Brexit will have on the British and European economies, but let the record show that most of Chicago's best pizza isn't so heavy.

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