By Tricia Wright, Reuters.com
* FTSE 100 down 1.1 percent
* Energy shares weaken as oil falls on Syria
* Telecoms remain buoyant after Vodafone, Verizon talks (Updates prices)
LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - British stocks dropped on Friday in a broad-based sell-off, led by energy shares as the price of oil fell after parliament rejected the idea of taking part in any U.S.-led military action against Syria.
Energy shares knocked some 13 points off the FTSE 100, as the vote reduced chances of an imminent Western strike that would hurt supply and raise oil prices, while other shares remained under pressure from the persisting uncertainties.
"People are squaring up long positions over the weekend as the Syria situation could easily escalate. That is dominating above any other news right now," said Lex van Dam.
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