Brief Article 50 bill will be '˜bomb-proof'

The government will draft 'bomb-proof' legislation authorising the triggering of Article 50 so that MPs cannot make significant amendments, it has been suggested.

Theresa May dismissed the Brexit memo. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

A bill giving the government the green light to start the formal exit process from the EU could be just three lines long, government sources were reported to have said.

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It came as a leaked memo suggested civil servants are overwhelmed by the preparatory work needed ahead of Brexit talks with the EU, and ministers are unable to agree on a single negotiation strategy.

Downing Street dismissed the 7 November document, which was prepared by consultancy firm Deloitte without being commissioned by government.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said the memo was a case of a company “touting for business”.