The former leader of the Green Party has asked leading female politicians to form an all-woman emergency Cabinet to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Caroline Lucas has written to the following MPs opposed to a no-deal withdrawal from the EU the aim would be to secure a Commons vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson followed by the formation of a government of national unity.
- Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry
- Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson
- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
- Tory former cabinet minister Justine Greening
- Senior Labour backbencher Yvette Cooper
- The SNP's Kirsty Blackman
- Liz Saville Roberts of Plaid Cymru
- Change UK's Anna Soubry
- The Independent's Heidi Allen and Lady Sylvia Hermon
Sharing an article for the Guardian in which she revealed her proposal, Ms Lucas Tweeted: “woman’s voices largely absent in referendum campaign – it’s time for fresh thinking”.
In the article she wrote: "We need an 'emergency cabinet' - not to fight a Brexit war but to work for reconciliation. And I believe this should be a cabinet of women.
"Why women? Because I believe women have shown they can bring a different perspective to crises, are able to reach out to those they disagree with and cooperate to find solutions.”
But Tory MP and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that such a government of “national surrender”.
He said: “They want to roll the white flag up the masthead, send across only those who wish to stay in the European Union at any price and therefore they will get a deal.
“That deal will be ‘do as you’re told by us for the rest of your lives and if you’re lucky we might give you something in return’”.
Journalist Toby Young also criticised Ms Lucas's plans. He tweeted: "If gender is a social construct, Caroline, and women’s and men’s brains are fundamentally identical, why would an all-female Cabinet be any different to an all-male Cabinet, or the current, sexually mixed Cabinet?"