Considering how rabidly anti-Israel the UK has become, I’m guessing it will pass.
(Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will not take part in a parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognise Palestine as a state, his spokesman said on Monday ahead of a debate designed to raise the political profile of the issue.
The spokesman said the vote, called by an opposition lawmaker, would not change Britain’s diplomatic stance. Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel.
Nevertheless, the vote will have symbolic value and is being closely watched by Palestinian and Israeli authorities as a barometer for European readiness to act on Palestinian hopes for unilateral recognition by U.N. member states.
The debate comes just as Sweden’s new centre-left government is set to recognise officially Palestine — a move that has been condemned by Israel, which says an independent Palestine can only be achieved through negotiations.
The British parliamentary motion, which is expected to come to a vote around 2200 BST, states: “That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”
Update: Behold, my amazing soothsaying abilities.
(Reuters) – British lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state on Monday in a move that will not alter the government’s stance on the issue, but that carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood.
Lawmakers in Britain’s lower house of parliament voted by 274 to 12 to pass a non-binding motion stating: “That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.”
Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel. Government ministers were told to abstain and the non-binding vote will not force Britain to recognise a Palestinian state.