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October 13, 2014 7:39 pm

U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Recognizing Palestinian State

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JNS.orgThe British Parliament has decided overwhelmingly in a 274-12 non-binding vote Monday to request that the British government recognize a Palestinian state.

The motion for the vote was brought by Labour MP Grahame Morris. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron did not participate in the symbolic vote.

The British parliamentary motion on the vote stated that “this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

However, since the vote is non-binding, no matter how many of the 650 House of Commons Members of Parliament voted in favor of the recognition, the result will not affect U.K. foreign policy on the issue.

“I’ve been pretty clear about the government’s position and it won’t be changing,” said a spokesman for Cameron, Reuters reported. “When you believe you have the right position… that is the one, I believe, that you take.”

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