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Brexit Commons vote 'could damage EU negotiations'

Jeremy Hunt said that the UK could be put into a worse negotiating position Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

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 remains health secretary

Jeremy Hunt is to remain as health secretary. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Jeremy Hunt 'set for new Cabinet role'

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:

Jeremy Hunt sacked as health secretary, reports say

As health secretary Mr Hunt found himself in conflict with junior doctors Credit: PA Wire

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.

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