UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Dec 3
(Updates with company news, futures prices)
LONDON Dec 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 25 to 30 points lower, or 0.39 to 0.47 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.4 percent higher at 6,423.41 points on Wednesday.
* Britain's parliament voted on Wednesday to launch bombing raids against Islamic State in Syria, supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's case that the country needs to help destroy militants who are "plotting to kill us".
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday won approval from Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board for the company's proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group Plc, leaving China as the last regulatory hurdle to the deal.