GREEN Party MP Caroline Lucas has apologised for including only white women in her proposed female anti-Brexit cabinet.

Ms Lucas has faced backlash after calling for the creation of an "emergency cabinet" consisting of women opposed to a no-deal Brexit.

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.

But Ms Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has now apologised after being criticised for failing to include any BAME women in her proposed cabinet.

In a statement, Ms Lucas said she was "wrong to overlook" her "women of colour colleagues", adding: "I did not get this right".

She wrote: "An all-white list of women isn't right. I should have reached out further and thought more deeply about who, and what kind of politics, an all-white list represents. I apologise."

The former Green Party leader said she will now do her "utmost to support, value and uplift women of colour working in politics".

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She added: "There are women of colour colleagues who are standing up to this Government's reckless gamble with Britain's future, and it was wrong to overlook them.

"I apologise to them and all who've been hurt by their exclusion.

"There are always lessons to be learnt, and I will do my utmost to support, value and uplift women of colour working in politics, particularly those with whom I share common ground."

Ms Lucas proposed the idea when she wrote to 10 politicians in yesterday's Guardian.

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."

She invited Nicola Sturgeon, Labour's Emily Thornberry and Yvette Cooper, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, the former Conservative Cabinet minister Justine Greening, Change UK MP Anna Soubry, independent MP Heidi Allen, the SNP's Kirsty Blackman, the independent Northern Irish MP Sylvia Hermon and Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts.

But Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips called her proposal "sexist claptrap" and "offensive lunacy".

Meanwhile political commentator Patrick O'Flynn tweeted: "Well done to Caroline Lucas for the weirdest political idea of all time: an all white, all female, all Remainer Cabinet to somehow take control of the Government and block Brexit."

Defending her comments further, Ms Lucas added that she had picked those people because she wanted to include the leadership or deputy leadership of "all relevant parties in Westminster".

"I wanted the leadership/deputy leadership of all relevant parties in Westminster - three of the party leaders are women (which is the good news).

"I wanted two representatives from the main opposition party to represent the diverse views within it.

"Emily Thornberry is the shadow foreign secretary, who most often deputises for Jeremy Corbyn. Yvette Cooper has led cross-party parliamentary attempts to stop a No Deal Brexit from the backbenches."

Ms Lucas also said she wanted all parts of the UK to be "part of this conversation".