Green Party leader Caroline Lucas calls for 'all-women emergency cabinet' to stop no-deal Brexit

Monday 12th August 2019 04:15 BST

Caroline Lucas has written to 10 female politicians opposed to no-deal inviting them to form an "emergency cabinet" that would "press the pause button" on Brexit and offer a new EU referendum.

She said 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 and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon are among the women that Ms Lucas has contacted.

Writing in The Guardian, Ms Lucas said: "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.

"A government of national unity must do exactly that - unite parties. And I believe that a cross-party cabinet of women has the potential to do exactly that."

The other MPs contacted by Ms Lucas are 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 and the independents Heidi Allen and Lady Sylvia Hermon.

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