British MPs vote an overwhelmingly ‘Yes’ to Palestine

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.

The initial motion that was debated declared: “This House urges the government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.” It was subsequently amended to add the phrase “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.”

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