British MPs vote an overwhelming ‘Yes’ to Palestine

274 support motion urging ‘the government to recognize the State of Palestine,’ while only 12 oppose, in vote laden with symbolism

British lawmakers voted resoundingly Monday in favor of a Palestinian state, in a debate unlikely to change government policy but laden with political symbolism.

The ayes carried the vote with 274 votes, against only 12 nays. Opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who is Jewish, voted in support of the motion.

The House of Commons debate was watched around the world after Sweden drew anger from Israel this month for saying it would recognize Palestine.

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