Caroline Lucas has faced strong criticism for proposing an all-female national unity government to stop a No Deal Brexit.
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The MP and former Green Party Leader, who wishes to prevent Britain’s EU withdrawal, suggested her plan could be enacted if Boris Johnson were to face and lose a no confidence vote in Parliament.
Lucas made the insane proposal in a letter sent to ten senior female MPs and published in the Guardian.
She has argued that: “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.
“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,
“So I have reached out to 10 women colleagues from across the political spectrum at Westminster and Holyrood… asking that we join together to stop the dangerous pursuit of a crash-out Brexit.”
Her proposal has been slammed by figures across the political spectrum.
Is there anything more sexist than claiming your gender determines your worldview/behaviour/attitude?🤦♀️
Caroline Lucas calls for emergency female cabinet to block no-deal Brexit https://t.co/aLXQX2QgHv
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) August 11, 2019
The idea that women are super consensual and just great at reaching out and compromising is actually really sexist.
Caroline Lucas calls for emergency female cabinet to block no-deal Brexit https://t.co/u0xGTe1jcw
— Joanna Williams (@jowilliams293) August 11, 2019
What sort of sexist claptrap is this? Imagine she’s saying the country should be run by only men due to their unique skills and how the press would report that. This is offensive lunacy. Green MP Caroline Lucas calls for all-female emergency cabinet https://t.co/qb50w1ztL1
— Alexandra Phillips MEP (@BrexitAlex) August 12, 2019
You didn’t try voting for the deal though did you?
When you say “try everything” do you mean “try everything, except the one thing guaranteed to prevented a no-deal Brexit”, ie leaving with a deal? https://t.co/usiznNx6iG
— James Cleverly MP (@JamesCleverly) August 11, 2019
Even arch remainer Anna Soubry had reservations about insane idea, telling The Guardian: “The very serious point is that people of different political views, who might profoundly disagree over some things, need to put their differences aside and work together to stop a No Deal Brexit.”
Lucas also caused controversy last month when she said “If there were to be a referendum and Leave were to win it again, either more decisively or not, in the Commons would you then back a Brexit deal to leave?…Um, no I probably wouldn’t.”