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Prime Minister looks on as Lords debate Brexit bill

Theresa May sits behind the speaker (top right) as the House of Lords debate begins Credit: PA

Theresa May was watching from the sidelines as the House of Lords kicked off its debate on the Brexit bill, a silent reminder to the upper house that she expects them to avoid holding up the legislation.

It is unusual for the prime minister to sit in the House of Lords, but she is permitted to do so as a member of the Privy Council.

Asked earlier in the day about the debate, Mrs May told journalists: "When the Bill to allow the government to trigger Article 50 to start the Brexit process went through the House of Commons it went through with good majorities.

"It was not amended. I hope that the House of Lords will pay attention to that."

Around 190 peers are expected to speak on the European Union (Notification Of Withdrawal) Bill over two days of debate.

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Mugabe: 'No replacement' for leadership

Robert Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe since 1987. Credit: PA

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his ZANU-PF party wants him to stand for re-election in 2018, and that the majority of people see "no replacement" for him.

Mr Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe since 1987, previously service as prime minister of the country since 1980.

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