WATCH: British parliament votes to recognize Palestine
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WATCH: British parliament votes to recognize Palestine

Prime Minister Cameron abstains as MPs vote 274-12 on motion to recognize a Palestinian state, brought by Labour MP Grahame Morris

British MPs Monday voted overwhelmingly, in a nonbinding vote, to ask the British government to recognize a State of Palestine. The vote was 274-12.

Prime Minister David Cameron had indicated that a favorable outcome of the vote would not change the country’s foreign policy toward the Palestinians, Reuters reported, citing Cameron’s official spokesperson.

The motion was brought by Labour MP Grahame Morris, prompting an angry debate earlier Monday over party instructions to vote in favor of the recognition, the Independent reported on Monday.

Several senior Labour party members were pushing back against an order that the whole party support the recognition. MPs objecting to the move argue that recognition of Palestine should only come as part of a wider Middle East peace settlement.

Over 300 Israeli figures, including two left-wing ex-ministers, by contrast, signed a letter Sunday urging the British Parliament to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state.

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