BAGHDAD (AFP) - A last-gasp compromise will allow the future of non-US foreign troops in Iraq to be put to the vote in parliament on Monday, the final day before lawmakers start their year-end break, MPs said. With the troops' UN mandate due to expire on Dec 31, there is too little time to push through a bill, so parliament will vote on a simple resolution allowing the government to finalise new arrangements. "The Iraqi parliament will vote tomorrow (today) on a motion authorising the government to sign a deal with non-US nations' forces to determine the time of their departure, which should be before the end of July 2009," Ali al-Adeeb, a prominent MP in the Shia United Iraqi Alliance, told reporters. The plan to vote on a resolution on Monday was drawn up after confusion reigned in parliament on Saturday over whether a vote had taken place on a bill initially intended to set new rules for the presence of non-US foreign troops. Bills, or draft laws, require two readings in parliament, a process taking at least a week. Monday's decision by parliament will mostly affect the presence of the British forces, whose 4,100 men and women are concentrated in the south of the country. Australia, Estonia, Romania and El Salvador also have small numbers of troops in Iraq. The British foreign ministry said in London on Saturday that Maliki had agreed with Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Baghdad last week that British troops would stay in Iraq until the end of May. "We have worked closely with the govt of Iraq to ensure that there is a firm legal basis for the presence of our forces in 2009," a spokesman said. "We will now discuss with the government of Iraq what the vote in the council of representatives means for the proposed legal basis for the UK and other forces and look at the options."