CAROLINE Lucas has been mocked after she called for an all-female Cabinet to take the reins of power, stop a no deal Brexit, and deliver a new referendum on EU membership.

The Green MP for Brighton Pavilion sent a letter to leading politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, the SNP, and Plaid Cymru as well as Independent former members of the Tories and the UUP.

But the proposal has been criticised on both sides of the political divide with Tory MP James Cleverly and Labour MP Diane Abbott both rubbishing the idea.

In response to Ms Lucas's proposal, Mr Cleverly tweeted: "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?"

And Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: "Backdoor route to a National Government.

"Didn’t work for Ramsey Macdonald and won’t work now, whatever the gender of the participants."

Writing in the Guardian, Ms Lucas offered to broker a deal with the female MPs, proposing that – if parliament passed a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson's government – the women would form a temporary cabinet, existing only to propose a Brexit referendum likely to be posed between Remain and No Deal.

Ms Lucas, who is understood to have begun talks with the women she has addressed in her open letter, sent the offer to Emily Thornberry (Lab), Jo Swinson (Lib Dem), Justine Greening (Con) and Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), as well as the Change UK MP Anna Soubry, the independent MP Heidi Allen, the SNP's Kirsty Blackman, the independent Northern Irish MP Sylvia Hermon and Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts.

The final addressee is prominent Labour Remainer Yvette Cooper, the only woman to receive the letter not to have explicitly endorsed a second referendum.

Ms Lucas wrote: "It is hard to remember a moment in my lifetime when Britain faced a greater crisis.

"A coup led by a small group of rightwing libertarians is all but complete, as the Vote Leave team has been reassembled and taken control of 10 Downing Street.

"They are set upon implementing the most extreme no-deal version of Brexit – and, most terrifyingly, we are running out of time to stop them."

Lucas argued a cabinet of cross-party women would be best placed to 'work for reconciliation' rather than fight new political battles.

She wrote: "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."

"It was two women who began the Peace People movement during the worst of the troubles in Northern Ireland; it was two women who were key to the signing of the Paris agreement on climate; difficult, intractable problems have found the beginning of resolution thanks to the leadership of women."