A High Court ruling forcing Theresa May to put her Brexit plans before parliament could impact on the economy and "damage the fabric of democracy", Jeremy Hunt has said.
The health secretary accused campaigners who brought the case against the government of engaging in "processology" against the result of the referendum.
He said that the UK could be put into a worse negotiating position if the ruling is upheld at an appeal in the Supreme Court expected in January.
"The impact on the economy will be far worse if, through some parliamentary mechanisms, Theresa May is forced to lay out her entire negotiating strategy," he told the Andrew Marr show.
"You have to give the government latitude to make a deal."
He added: "The damage to the fabric of our democracy was far worse if people felt the establishment was trying to unpick a decision that was made."
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Jeremy Hunt is to remain as Health Secretary, Downing Street said.
Earlier reports suggested Hunt had been sacked but Number 10 said new Prime Minister Theresa May had decided to keep him in the role.
Hunt joked that "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated".
"Thrilled to be back in the best job in government," he tweeted.
'Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated...' Thrilled to be back in the best job in Government.
Jeremy Hunt has headed in to Number 10, with an announcement on his expected new role in the Cabinet expected soon.
Reports suggested Mr Hunt, who held the the health portfolio, can expect a new position.
Jeremy Hunt appears likely to take up a new Cabinet position, according to reports.
Earlier reports suggested he had been sacked, but Number 10 dismissed the reports as pure speculation.
ITV News Westminster News Editor Samana Haq tweeted:
No10 clarify Jeremy Hunt has NOT been sacked. Another role then?
Jeremy Hunt has been sacked as secretary of state for health, according to reports.
The move is likely to please many junior doctors who have been at loggerheads with Mr Hunt over the imposition of new contracts.
However, later reports indicated Mr Hunt had not in fact been fired but would likely be given a role in the new Cabinet.