U.K. Parliament passed an amendment during its first Saturday session in 37 years that required Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a Brexit delay from the European Union. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said he received the request Saturday evening. The vote was tight, but ultimately a cross-party group backed the amendment by a count of 322-306. It does not necessarily mean that the MPs would not have supported the deal Johnson had brokered with the European Union on Thursday, but the government was clear that, after being defeated in the amendment vote, it would abandon a follow-up vote on the deal, as the amendment rendered it "meaningless." It appeared that Johnson was close to receiving the votes he needed to pass the deal, and he said he would move forward with Brexit legislation next week.

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