A committee in Iran's parliament voted on Sunday to cut diplomatic relations with Britain.
The decision by parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, reported by the semi-official Fars news agency, follows remarks by Britain's ambassador to Tehran on Iran's human rights record.
"After voting by the members of the committee, it was decided to have diplomatic relations completely severed with Britain," Fars quoted lawmaker Mohammad Karami-rad as saying.
If the motion is backed by the full parliament it would put pressure on the government to downgrade relations with Britain.
British Ambassador Simon Gass was summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry on Monday after criticising Iran's human rights record in an article on the embassy's website.
Envoy Gass still remained defiant.
"MPs claim to be offended by my Human Rights Day statement. But Iranian leaders regularly abuse other countries including UK," he said in a message posted on Twitter.
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