Lawyers warn May against short Brexit bill if supreme court says vote is needed

PM and Brexit secretary are advised not to put single-clause bill to MPs because it could result in further court appeals

Government lawyers have warned Theresa May that drawing up a very short piece of legislation in response to Tuesday’s supreme court ruling on whether MPs should be given a vote on Brexit may not be adequate.

The Guardian understands that legal advice to the prime minister and the Brexit secretary, David Davis, suggests that while a single-clause bill would be politically attractive if they lose the case, it could store up difficulties for the government further down the line.

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