October 13, 2014 / 11:09 AM / 3 years ago

UK vote on Palestine status will not change policy - PM Cameron's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign policy towards Palestine will not change, even if lawmakers on Monday vote in favor of a motion stating that the government should recognize it as a state, Prime Minister David Cameron’s official spokesman told reporters.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron waits to greets Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb at Number 10 Downing Street in London October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Britain does not class Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help the long-running peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.

“I’ve been pretty clear about the government’s position and it won’t be changing,” Cameron’s spokesman said ahead of a debate due to take place later in the day. He said Cameron would abstain in the vote along with other government ministers.

Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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