Pro-Brexit former defence secretary Liam Fox called for a “period of calm” and urged the Government not to invoke article 50 straight away.
Dr Fox, who is Catholic, told BBC News: “A lot of things were said in advance of this referendum that we might want to think about again and that (invoking article 50) is one of them.
“I think that it doesn’t make any sense to trigger article 50 without having a period of reflection first, for the Cabinet to determine exactly what it is that we’re going to be seeking and in what timescale.
“And then you have to also consider what is happening with the French elections and the German elections next year and the implications that that might have for them.
“So a period of calm, a period of reflection, to let it all sink in and to work through what the actual technicalities are.”