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

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Posted: Oct 13, 2014 7:07 AM

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 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)