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Even though I have travel anxiety, I’ve taken more than 100 flights in my life. Here are the 8 things I’ve found most helpful in getting through them.

Try some of these tips to help you survive flights with anxiety.

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Try some of these tips to help you survive flights with anxiety.
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  • I have travel anxiety. My fear of situations outside of my control causes me to feel stressed and anxious, and little makes me feel less in control than traveling, especially air travel. But I’m not alone – about 25% of the US population experiences anxiety related to flying.
  • Despite my anxiety about flying, I’ve survived more than 100 flights in my life, 14 of which were long-haul flights. I’ve learned that, even though flights make me anxious, traveling also brings me happiness and growth.
  • To ease my anxiety on flights, I’ve tried several tips for anxious flyers backed by experts in my years of travel.
  • Here are the eight strategies for surviving long flights with anxiety that have helped me the most.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

1. Arrive at the airport early.

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When I’m anxious about a flight, I give myself extra time to check-in, get through security, and get to my gate.

According to the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), planning ahead is crucial to avoiding and reducing travel anxiety.

Since I get anxious about missing my flights, I usually plan ahead by giving myself a 30-minute cushion.


2. Pack your carry-on with security measures in mind.

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Another thing that makes me anxious is going through TSA. Going through security always makes me feel like I’m hiding something – even though I’m not.

So I plan ahead by packing all my liquids and electronics into easily accessible parts of my carry-on. This makes the process go by as quickly and stress-free as possible.

Even if it’s not the most effective way to pack the bag, I just fix it after getting through security as a sense of relief rushes over me.


3. Drink water — only water.

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According to Dr. Robert Quigley of MedAire, caffeine and alcohol can leave you feeling dehydrated and heighten anxiety.

Airplane cabins also have dry air, so make sure you stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol in them.


4. Plan ways to distract yourself during the flight.

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When I’m going to be in the air for hours, I plan out my schedule for the whole flight, keeping in mind what will make it go by faster. Even if it’s just watching 10 episodes of a new TV show and then napping – having an idea of how I’ll spend the trip is helpful.

According to Todd Farchione, Ph.D., of Boston University’s Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders, distractions help alleviate anxiety, and people associate tv with home and safety.

So letting your favorite TV show consume you for your entire flight may be the best way to spend it.


5. Pay attention to the safety presentation — even if you’ve flown before.

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As a kid, my family made fun of me for how avidly I paid attention to and followed along with the flight safety demonstration every single time we flew – but I stand by it.

At 23, I’ve flown more than 100 times in my life, and I still always follow along with the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of me. It helps me manage anxiety to remind myself that there’s an emergency plan and I am in on it.

Healthline backs this, stating that preparing for the “what ifs” can help relieve travel anxiety.


6. Try meditating in your seat with apps like Breathe.

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There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have even been able to picture myself meditating, and thank goodness that’s no longer the case.

According to research out of Carnegie Mellon University, meditation reduces levels of a substance in the blood that’s linked to stress.

The thing that makes me most anxious about flying is feeling like I’m stuck in this space, but an app called “Stop, Breathe & Think” helps me get out of the space for a few minutes with guided meditations.


7. Think about where you’re going and what you’re going to do there.

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Maybe you’re embarking on an adventurous trip, maybe you’re headed somewhere relaxing, or maybe you’re just traveling for work or heading home.

Either way, according to Travis McNulty, a licensed mental health counselor, visualizing yourself at your destination can help combat stress.


8. Download music that relaxes you. Lots of it.

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According to the American Psychological Association, music relaxes people. So when all else fails to relieve your flight anxiety, this is a solid back-up plan.

When I have a seven-hour flight ahead of me, I download at least seven hours of music that relaxes me, just in case.

After a historic vote not to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate is scheduled for a final vote on Wednesday

  • The Senate reconvened Friday to debate whether to call additional witnesses forward in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
  • After several hours of debate, the Senate blocked a measure to call new witnesses, with 49 senators voting for it and 51 against.
  • The schedule for the rest of Trump’s impeachment trial is now up in the air as the Senate figures out how to “land the plane,” according to one Republican senator.
  • Scroll down to watch the trial and follow Insider’s live coverage.
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The Senate on Friday officially blocked a measure to call additional witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

The move came after a contentious debate during which House impeachment managers argued that the Senate has a duty to hear testimony from firsthand witnesses, like former national security adviser John Bolton, who can provide new evidence in Trump’s trial.

The president’s lawyers, meanwhile, argued that the Senate already has enough information from the 17 witnesses who testified in the House’s impeachment inquiry.

Friday’s proceedings came after The New York Times reported on another bombshell claim from Bolton’s upcoming book, in which Bolton claims Trump personally asked him to help pressure Ukraine to cave to his personal demands.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The two articles of impeachment relate to the president’s efforts to strong-arm Ukraine to deliver politically motivated investigations targeting his rivals.

While doing so, Trump withheld $391 million in military aid to Ukraine and dangled a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought and still hasn’t gotten.

Fifty-one senators need to vote in favor of calling witnesses for the motion to pass. There are currently 45 Democrats, two independents who caucus with Democrats, and 53 Republicans in the Senate.

That means four Republican senators need to side with the Democratic caucus for the Senate to call witnesses.

In the Republican caucus, only Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine have publicly indicated they would vote in favor of calling witnesses to testify.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, once considered a possible pro-witness Republican, announced Thursday night that he would not vote in favor of witnesses.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, another closely-watched potential swing vote on the matter, confirmed Friday afternoon that she will also vote against calling more witnesses.

Watch the trial below:

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The Senate voted to reconvene on Monday for closing arguments, senators will get to speak on Tuesday, and a final vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks into the Senate chamber.
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Monday is also the Iowa caucuses (four senators, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, and Bennet, are running for president). Tuesday is President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.


Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offers up amendments, including attempts to subpoena witnesses and documents.

The Senate reconvened on Friday night, as the schedule going forward with the impeachment trial firms up: The Senate will vote on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday.

On Friday night, Sen. Schumer offered up several amendments related to subpoenaing documents and witnesses. Ahead of the votes on the amendments, Chief Justice Roberts clarified that he would not break a tie in the Senate, as he is not an elected official.

While all four amendments failed, it again put senators on record regarding documents and witnesses.


The Senate’s impeachment trial schedule is now up in the air

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell motioned for a recess after the vote but didn’t indicate what the schedule would look like going forward.

“Senators will now confer among ourselves, with the House managers, and with the president’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days,” McConnell told reporters.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also said he would meet with Democrats to game out how to move forward.

But right now, according to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, “nobody has any idea” what’s going to happen next.

“We’re still trying to figure out how to land the plane,” Republican Sen. John Thune said.


Senate votes against calling witnesses in 51-49 vote killing the measure

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Prosecutors and defense lawyers conclude their debate on witnesses, and a Senate vote on the matter is coming up

The Republican-controlled Senate is widely expected to vote against calling new witnesses after two key Republican senators seen as swing votes – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee – announced they would not vote to have more witnesses testify.

In order for the motion to call witnesses to pass, four Republican senators need to defect from their party and join Democrats and two independent senators to reach a 51-vote threshold.

But only two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, have said they will vote in favor of calling new witnesses.


Lead House manager Adam Schiff takes a shot at Trump defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz for promoting the ‘principle of constitutional lawlessness’

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Lead House manager Adam Schiff characterized the Trump defense team’s argument as implying the president “has a God-given right to abuse his power, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“It’s the Dershowitz principle of constitutional lawlessness,” Schiff said, referring to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, one of Trump’s defense attorneys in the impeachment trial.

“That’s the end-all argument for them,” Schiff added. “You don’t need to hear witnesses who will prove the President’s misconduct because he has a right to be as corrupt as he chooses under our Constitution. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Dershowitz made headlines earlier this week when he argued that Trump’s conduct is not impeachable because he believes his re-election is in the public interest.

Dershowitz, who has defended controversial figures like OJ Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein, faced harsh blowback afterward from observers who said he was essentially arguing that politicians can do whatever they want to get elected.

Dershowitz later claimed he never said what the public heard him say.

“I did not say or imply that a candidate could do anything to reassure his reelection, only that seeking help in an election is not necessarily corrupt, citing the Lincoln and Obama examples,” he tweeted. “Critics have an obligation to respond to what I said, not to create straw men to attack.”

Fact check: It’s not a straw man. Here are Dershowitz’s exact words: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected – in the public interest – that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”


Trump counsel Patrick Philbin says Trump blocked Congress’ impeachment inquiry because he wanted to ‘defend the separation of powers’

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Deputy White House counsel Patrick Philbin called the articles of impeachment against Trump “defective on their face.”

Referring to the second article, which charges Trump with obstruction of Congress, Philbin said the charge “is really trying to say that it’s an impeachable offense for the president to defend the separation of powers.”

“No witnesses are going to say anything that makes any difference to the second article of impeachment,” Philbin added.

Fact check: The legislative branch is constitutionally tasked with the power to conduct oversight of the executive branch. Trump has not cooperated with a single congressional investigation, including the impeachment inquiry.

In addition to issuing a sweeping directive ordering all executive branch officials and six federal agencies from providing any witness testimony or documents in the impeachment investigation, the president and his lawyers have also filed multiple lawsuits to stop congressional committees from obtaining any information about his presidential campaign, taxes, business dealings, or his time in office.

Trump’s defense lawyers argue that he has “absolute immunity” – a nonexistent legal concept – from not just prosecution but any investigation while he’s in office.

The president has also falsely asserted that Article 2 of the Constitution gives him the power to “do whatever I want.”


Trump’s lawyers argue he did nothing wrong while urging Senate to vote against witnesses who could provide evidence of Trump’s misconduct

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After House managers wrapped up their remarks, it was Trump’s team’s turn.

Patrick Philbin, the deputy White House counsel and one of the lawyers defending the president, opened his presentation by suggesting it was absurd for the House managers to say a trial cannot be fair or complete without witnesses and documents, “as if it’s just that simple.”

Philbin added that the managers invoked that argument as a “trope … to disguise the real issues.”

He went on to say that before addressing the question of witnesses and documents in “any legal system,” a court first has to decide if there’s “even a triable issue.”

Fact check: The question of whether there’s a “triable issue” has already been addressed. The House of Representatives’ move to impeach Trump is akin to handing down a criminal indictment, meaning lawmakers believe the president engaged in impeachable conduct.

The Constitution confers upon the Senate the “sole power to try” impeachment cases. It does not specify that the Senate must hold a trial, but current Senate rules indicate that it would.


Lead House manager Adam Schiff addresses the Senate: ‘You know, as well as we, that there are others you should hear from’

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the lead House impeachment manager and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, closed out his remarks Friday afternoon by saying that a “trial without witnesses is no trial at all.”

“You know, as well as we, that there are others you should hear from,” Schiff said, addressing the Senate.


Here are the 4 witnesses Democrats want to call and why each one is relevant

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Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald J. Trump participates in a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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  • Former national security adviser John Bolton
    • Bolton is a key figure in several events at the center of Trump’s impeachment. He was at a July 10 meeting during which Gordon Sondland, the US’s ambassador to the EU, pushed Ukrainian officials to deliver the political investigations Trump wanted in exchange for a White House meeting for Zelensky.
    • Bolton will reportedly reveal in his upcoming book that Trump directly told him he would withhold Ukraine’s aid until the country gave in to his demands for investigations.
    • The former national security adviser also claims Trump asked him during a meeting in May to call Zelensky and push him to meet with Giuliani, who was spearheading Trump’s pressure campaign.
  • Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
    • Bolton claims Mulvaney was present at the May meeting in which Trump asked him to call Zelensky.
    • Mulvaney is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget, which took on a lead role in carrying out Trump’s order to freeze Ukraine’s aid. Emails and other documents also indicate that Mulvaney was in the loop on Trump’s decision to withhold Ukraine’s military aid from the start.
    • Mulvaney publicly acknowledged last year that part of the reason the White House froze the security assistance was because Trump wanted Zelensky to investigate a conspiracy theory about Ukrainian election interference that targets the Democratic Party.
  • Robert Blair, an aide to Mulvaney
    • Blair has direct knowledge of Mulvaney’s involvement in the Ukraine pressure campaign.
    • The New York Times reported that early on as Trump debated withholding aid, Blair wrote to Mulvaney in an email that the administration should “expect Congress to become unhinged” if the White House tried to pull back spending that was approved in Congress.
  • Michael Duffey, an OMB official
    • Duffey officially ordered the freeze in Ukraine’s aid 91 minutes after Trump’s phone call with Zelensky on July 25.
    • Duffey wrote that based on “guidance” he had gotten and in “light of the Administration’s plan to review assistance to Ukraine … please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds, pending director from that process.”

House impeachment managers dig in on calling witnesses after Murkowski deals a fatal blow to the motion

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House manager Val Demings displayed the graphic above as she emphasized that the Senate had called witnesses in every one of the 15 previous impeachment trials in US history.


Murkowski explains her decision to vote against calling witnesses: ‘Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate’

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Here’s her statement:

“I worked for a fair, honest, and transparent process, modeled after the Clinton trial, to provide ample time for both sides to present their cases, ask thoughtful questions, and determine whether we need more.

“The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena.

“Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed.

“It has also become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort. We have already degraded this institution for partisan political benefit, and I will not enable those who wish to pull down another.

“We are sadly at a low point of division in this country.”


Here’s what Bolton says in his upcoming book

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According to The Times, Trump asked Bolton during a meeting in May – shortly after Zelensky was elected – to call Zelensky to ensure he would meet with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.

At the time, Giuliani was planning a trip to Ukraine to push Zelensky to deliver two politically motivated investigations that Trump wanted. The first targeted former Vice President Joe Biden, who had recently launched his 2020 campaign, and his son, Hunter, related to Hunter Biden’s employment on the board of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.

The second was an investigation into a bogus conspiracy theory, pushed by Russia, that suggested Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.

Bolton claims Giuliani, the acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and the White House counsel Pat Cipollone were present at the meeting when Trump asked him to call Zelensky.

Cipollone is currently leading Trump’s defense in his Senate impeachment trial, raising the possibility that the president’s chief defense lawyer is also now a potential witness to his alleged misconduct.

Airbnb quietly acquired property management startup Proprly in 2016

Proprly provided cleaning and key delivery services for short-term rental hosts listing their properties on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO.

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Proprly provided cleaning and key delivery services for short-term rental hosts listing their properties on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO.
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  • Airbnb quietly bought Proprly, a property management service for short-term rentals, in a previously unreported May 2016 deal, an Airbnb spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
  • The purchase suggests that Airbnb’s appetite for expanding beyond bookings to become a one-stop shop for travel predated its 2018 acquisition of property management software Luckey.

In a previously unreported deal in May 2016, Airbnb bought Proprly, a property management service that managed cleaning, guest check-in, and other aspects of the rental process on behalf of hosts, an Airbnb spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

The popularity of platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway’s VRBO has given rise to a related industry of startups, like Proprly, that cater to the newfound needs of property owners. Countless companies have popped up to offer everything from cleaning services to home security to insurance, custom-tailored for short-term rental operators.

Airbnb has mostly stayed out of offering those services itself, preferring instead to partner with other providers. But its acquisition of Luckey, a property management software company, caused some observers to speculate whether it might be adjusting its strategy.

While Airbnb eventually shut down Proprly, the purchase suggests it may have been experimenting with building out more in-house services as far back as 2016.

Airbnb did not disclose how much it paid for the company or what the terms were, though Proprly’s founder, Randy Engler, joined Airbnb shortly after the deal and currently works on its Olympics partnership team, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Proprly is among several acquisitions made by Airbnb that the company has been relatively quiet about, in contrast to its purchases of companies like HotelTonight and Luxury Retreats. With Airbnb preparing to go public in 2020, investors will be paying close attention to how each of its more than 20 past purchases have paid off.

This performance polo shirt is so versatile that I was able to wear it to the office, out to dinner, and to the gym all in one day

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  • Athleisure brand Public Rec just made the most versatile polo shirt ever – the Go-To Polo.
  • With a classic polo shirt design, it can be worn dressed up, dressed down, and even for working out. The shirt is designed to wick moisture, be breathable, and to never lose its shape.
  • Priced at $68, the Public Rec Go-To Polo is cheaper than most traditional polos that don’t have performance technology.
  • After wearing it to work, dinner, and the gym all in one day, this is the most versatile polo I’ve ever tried.

Polo shirts are one of the most essential wardrobe pieces for men during the spring and summer seasons. Characterized by their collared necks, two or three fastening buttons, and short sleeves, polos are a common design, but are extremely versatile. They can be worn for a game of golf or tennis, dressed down on casual days, and even dressed up for the office.

Since polos are naturally more multi-functional than average t-shirts, they’ve become a favorite among athleisure and performance wear brands – and Public Rec is the latest to tackle it.

Founded in 2015 by former investment banker Zach Goldstein, Public Rec was created to fill the industry void of quality loungewear that men are comfortable with wearing outside of their home. After releasing super popular athleisure styles like the All Day Everyday Pant, a pair of sweatpants that sold out instantly and created a 1,200 person waiting list, and the Go-To Tee, a shirt designed to never lose its shape, the brand is creeping into the workwear space with the Go-To Polo.

In 2017, I tested both the All Day Everyday Pant and the Go-To Tee, and they’ve both held up wonderfully since my initial reviews. When I heard about the brand releasing the all-new Go-To Polo, I was excited to give it a try, too. Public Rec sent me a few samples, and after wearing them a few times, I actually like them even better than the tees.

The Go-To Polo pairs nicely with the Go-To Pants.

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The Go-To Polo pairs nicely with the Go-To Pants.
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What it’s like to wear (May 2018)

The first thing I noticed about the Go-To Polo was the high level of comfort. The shirt is made from a proprietary fabric blend of Pima Cotton, TENCEL, and Spandex, that is designed to wick moisture and never shrink while staying soft and stretchy. While the material is identical to that of the Go-To Tee, the polo design makes this shirt a lot more functional.

I praised the Go-To Tee for being a t-shirt you can rely on for many occasions, and the Go-To Polo surpasses it in versatility. In one day, I wore the Go-To Polo to the office, out for dinner, and to the gym for a late-night workout. Finding a shirt that’s dressy enough for work, but made to perform well in a gym is otherwise pretty impossible. Yes, there are plenty of performance dress shirts on the market, but realistically, you won’t be doing sets of pull-ups and push-ups in them. With the Go-To Polo, any physical activity is completely doable and you won’t look out of place while wearing it.

The fact that the Go-To Polo never loses its shape is a major bonus. I love polo shirts in general, but one of my biggest peeves is when the collar loses its shape, becoming droopy and sloppy. To me, at that point, the shirt is unwearable. That will never be an issue with the Go-To Polo because the collar is made from the same stretchy material as the rest of the shirt.

Update after 1 year and 8 months (January 2020)

Here I am wearing the Public Rec Go-To Polo in Heather Silver Spoon.

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Here I am wearing the Public Rec Go-To Polo in Heather Silver Spoon.
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I recently updated my review on the Public Rec Go-To Tee, after being so impressed with how well it held up over the past two and a half years. Although I haven’t owned the Go-To Polo for as long, it has also maintained incredibly well with nearly two years of wear (it’s essentially the same shirt, but in a different style).

Public Rec’s claims that the shirt will never lose its shape are true. I’ve worn, washed, and dried my Go-To Polo many times, and it’s always come out of the laundry in perfectly good condition.

I love Ralph Lauren polos and I own a ton of them (it’s my overall favorite clothing brand), but to be completely honest, Public Rec’s fits better than any of them. As you can see in the picture above, the sleeve still fit nicely hasn’t stretched and the collar isn’t warped or wrinkled. There’s not much more you could ask for out of a polo.

The bottom line

Priced at $68 each, Public Rec Go-To Polos are a smart buy. They’re cheaper than traditional cotton polos from brands like Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, or Club Monaco – and have all the performance functionality you’ll ever need. Even if you have no plans of wearing them for workouts or heavy physical activity, they’re still more comfortable and will last much longer than traditional cotton polos.

If you’re looking for a versatile, stylish, and well-fitting shirt you can wear anywhere and everywhere this spring and summer, I strongly recommend the Public Rec Go-To Polo.

Aston Martin’s electric-vehicle projects see major delays as the company gets a $240 million cash influx from billionaire Lawrence Stroll

The Aston Martin Rapide E.

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The Aston Martin Rapide E.
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  • Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll is the newest investor in Aston Martin, with Reuters reporting that he dropped more than $240 million on a 16.7% stake in the company.
  • Aston has been struggling financially as of late, but its new DBX SUV could help ease that.
  • Stroll’s investment will come with some shakeups to Aston, including a change in its Formula One structure and, most notably, to its plans for electric vehicles.
  • In terms of EVs, Aston Martin will push the planned onset of its planned luxury EV brand, Lagonda, from 2022 to 2025, and the Rapide E electric model has been paused indefinitely.
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Aston Martin, whose financial performance hasn’t been near the performance of its luxury supercars lately, just got a much-needed cash influx from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.

But with that extra cash will come a few changes, including major delays to Aston’s electric-vehicle plans.

Reuters reported the investment from Stroll on Friday, saying that he’s agreed to buy up to 20% of the company and rename the Formula One team he owns after it. (Stroll bought the Force India F1 team in 2018, renaming it “Racing Point” and bringing his son onto the driver lineup. Red Bull Racing, the F1 team currently associated with Aston Martin, announced on Friday that 2020 will be its final season with the automaker as its title partner.)

The Aston Martin Rapide E.

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The Aston Martin Rapide E.
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Stroll will pay more than $240 million for a 16.7% stake in Aston, Reuters reported, but that could eventually rise to 20%. He’ll also join Aston’s board as executive chairman, and with his investment will come major changes to Aston’s EV plans. The introduction of the company’s planned luxury EV brand, Lagonda, will be pushed back from 2022 to 2025, while Bloomberg reports that the Rapide E – Aston’s first electric model that Bloomberg describes as “almost complete” – will be paused for review.

The Rapide E has been iffy for some time, despite Aston announcing a “production ready” version in April 2019. When it was announced, Aston said it would make roughly 601 horsepower and that the production run would be limited to 155 vehicles.

The Aston Martin Rapide E.

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The Aston Martin Rapide E.
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The new investment comes with a lot of changes, but securing the extra cash wasn’t just for fun – Aston Martin, despite its ultra-luxury aura as a car brand, hasn’t been doing too well financially. The changes include the F1 restructuring, as well as the delays to Aston’s electric-vehicle investments as a part of “cost-cutting measures,” Reuters reports. Not much was reported about the specifics of the cost cuts, such as where they’ll come from.

Lagonda was supposed to relaunch as an all-electric luxury brand in 2022, with Aston showing off the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept early last year as a “first glimpse of the first production model from the luxury brand exclusively driven by zero emission powertrain technologies.” With Stroll’s investment, the Lagonda timetable is now three years later than planned while the Rapide E remains on indefinite pause.

The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.

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The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.
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Stroll’s investment also comes at an uncertain yet cautiously optimistic time for Aston. The company’s new DBX SUV recently debuted as a model to capitalize on the SUV and crossover boom in the car market, and the outlook for it is positive. Simply having an SUV offering is a major sales booster, even for supercar brands, to the point that Lamborghini’s relatively new Urus SUV accounted for nearly 60% of its sales for the first half of 2019.

Lamborghini’s worldwide half-year sales increased by 96% over 2018 after the introduction of the Urus, proving one thing: that SUVs sell, even for brands that haven’t historically made them. The DBX is likely to provide a similar boost.

The Aston Martin DBX SUV.

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The Aston Martin DBX SUV.
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Both Stroll and Chinese automotive company Geely were in talks with Aston, but the Financial Times reports that the company ultimately “strongly favored” Stroll’s deal to Geely’s. The Financial Times reports that Geely, which owns brands like Volvo Cars and Lotus and continues to expand its ownership of companies in the automotive sector, wanted to accelerate production of new EVs and share technology from its other brands with Aston.

But the Financial Times wrote that there was the potential to drown in Geely’s widening array of companies, while Stroll offered the company the ability to focus on its strengths: supercars and racing, even at the cost of electric innovation.

Whether or not that was the right move for Aston, we’ll just have to wait to find out.

‘Fast & the Furious 9’ appears to bring back a beloved character fans thought was dead and people can’t stop cheering

Sung Kang is back as Han in the first full trailer for

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Sung Kang is back as Han in the first full trailer for “Fast 9.”
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Universal Pictures released the first full trailer for “Fast & Furious 9,” aka “F9,” on Friday and it had several big reveals.

In addition to fans learning about Dom’s younger brother, the very end of the trailer appears to reveal the return of fan-favorite Han Seoul-Oh (played by actor Sung Kang). He steps into a room eating before embracing the godfather of the Fast family, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).

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Han stepped into “the clubhouse” eating food like nothing serious just happened.
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The reveal came as a huge shock because Han died at the end of “Tokyo Drift” at the hands of Deckard Shaw.

“It’s emotional – it feels like I’m going back to a family reunion,” actor Sung Kang, who plays Han, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s a relationship that has been missing in my life since the last ‘Fast.'”

For years since Han’s death, fans of the “Fast” franchise have been asking for justice for Han and it finally appears as if it’s coming. Fans are beyond pumped for the character’s return to the franchise.

Many are tweeting out the words, “Justice for Han.”

Wait. Is Han really alive?

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This hug is real, right?
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It seems so! Director Justin Lin was spotted last year wearing a “Justice for Han” shirt on the set of “Fast 9”, so it seems like he’s been trying to tell us to anticipate a big reveal for a while now.

Since “Fast 5,” the franchise has really become like one giant superhero telenovela with big reveals. In the last film, we learned Dom had a child he didn’t know about with Elena.

The official “Fast & Furious” Twitter account shared a poster of Han with the words “justice is coming.” His return seems pretty real. After losing the franchise’s star Paul Walker in real life during “Furious 7,” it doesn’t seem like the “Fast” franchise would want to trick its fans with a fake return of a character.

The franchise is built on the idea of family. If anything, Walker’s death may have helped bring the close-knit cast together even more, making them all want to share time on screen together again.

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Here’s the official poster featuring the return of Han in the “Fast Saga.”
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Universal Pictures also released an updated version of its group poster with Han alongside the gang. Yeah, it’s feeling real.

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Days after revealing a group poster for “Fast 9,” Universal Pictures reveals a new version of the poster featuring Han.
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How did he survive and why haven’t we seen Han until now?

We don’t know yet, but we’re guessing Han was pretty injured after the explosion in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” In case you don’t remember, the “Fast” franchise takes place out of order. The third film takes place after “Fast & Furious 6.” (You can get a refresher on the correct viewing order here.)

Han has only been sitting out the events of two films, “Furious 7” and “The Fate of the Furious.” We’re willing to bet he’s been overseas with Sean Boswell (Lucas Black). Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted Boswell very briefly in the “F9” trailer.

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We bet he’s returning to America with Han when Dom needs him most. Michelle Rodriguez’s character Letty is the one to say, “Surprise,” before Han is revealed in the trailer, hinting she knows of the secret before anyone else.

We’ll have to wait until “Fast 9” is in theaters May 22, 2020, or for other trailer drops to know more.

A coronavirus case has been confirmed in the San Francisco Bay Area near Silicon Valley — a man who recently returned from Wuhan and Shanghai

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  • A case of the novel Wuhan, China, coronavirus was confirmed in Santa Clara County, California, on Friday – an area of the San Francisco Bay Area that’s home to Silicon Valley.
  • Officials said the man who tested positive for the virus had recently returned from Wuhan and Shanghai.
  • But they added that he came into contact with “very few individuals,” leaving home only to seek medical care.
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A case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the seventh reported case in the US.

Health officials confirmed on Friday that an adult man who lives in Santa Clara County, California, where Silicon Valley is, tested positive for the virus. They said the man became ill after he returned from a trip to Shanghai and Wuhan – the central Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began.

He landed at the San Jose International Airport on January 24. After that, the patient did not leave his home except to seek medical care twice, officials said. He was not hospitalized on either occasion.

“We’ve been preparing for this possibility for weeks knowing that we were likely to eventually confirm a case,” Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s health officer, said in a Friday press conference.

Cody said the man had come into contact with “very few individuals” since his return, including household members, but that officials were monitoring those people.

“We do not have evidence to suggest that the novel coronavirus is circulating in the Bay Area, in Santa Clara County, or really in Northern California,” Cody said. “Our assessment is that the public at large is still at low risk because this case was careful to self-isolate at home for the entire time since he returned from China.”

The man did not need to be hospitalized and was being treated at home, she added.

White House officials announced on Friday that it would temporarily bar foreigners from entering the US if they have been to China within the past 14 days.

US citizens who have been to the Hubei province of China – where Wuhan is – within the past 14 days could be quarantined for up to two weeks upon their return.

What will actually change now the UK has left the EU?

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  • After three and a half years of political turmoil, Britain finally left the EU on Friday evening.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the moment as a “new dawn” for the UK.
  • However, there will be little obvious will change for at least 11 months due to a Brexit transition period due to run out at the end of 2020.
  • Here’s what will change and what will remain the same.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The United Kingdom officially left European Union on Friday after more than three and a half years of intense political upheaval.

Celebrations and protests took place nationwide, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson telling Britain that the moment represented a “new dawn” for the country.

But once Britain awakes as a non-EU country on the morning of February 1, what, if anything, will really have changed?

Life will remain the same for most British people – for now

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For the vast majority of British people, almost nothing will immediately change as a result of Brexit.

This is thanks in large part to an 11-month transition period negotiated by former prime minister Theresa May.

During this time, the UK will continue to observe EU rules and pay into the EU budget, with other countries continuing to treat the UK as an EU member state in all but name.

“To all intents and purposes, we remain an EU member [until January 2021]” Jill Rutter, Senior Research Fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe think tank, told Business Insider.

Things like driving on the continent, taking your pet abroad, and using your European Health Insurance Card will all remain the same.

Aside from some minor changes, to things like the European Arrest Warrant, the relationship between British citizens and the EU will remain largely frozen as it was before Brexit day.

Businesses will also notice little difference to their day-to-day arrangements. The UK will maintain its current trade and customs arrangements with the EU, with non-EU countries also treating the UK as a full member.

EU citizens living in the UK will also see their current rights remain in place, at least until the end of December.

There is one huge difference straight away

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The biggest change is that UK no longer has a democratic voice in the EU.

The UK has lost all of its members of the European Parliament, as well as any role in setting EU law through the European Commission and influencing Europe’s political direction through the European Council.

However, despite losing its say over how EU rules are set, the UK will still have to follow those rules throughout the 11-month transition period. It will, in effect, become a rule-taker, but not a rule-maker.

It is partly because of this perceived democratic deficit, that prime minister Boris Johnson has insisted that he will not extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

The UK will immediately head to the negotiating table

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For the past three and a half years the UK has effectively been banned from taking part in trade negotiations with other countries, due to the fact that it has remained an EU member.

All that now changes, with the UK set to embark on a series of incredibly complex and controversial new trade negotiations.

Top of the list will be negotiations with Britain’s largest trading partners in the EU.

Georgina Wright, from the Westminster-based Institute for Government think tank, told Business Insider that this will be the “greatest and arguably most complex negotiation” of the entire Brexit process.

“February 1 is the end of the beginning, it’s not the beginning of the end,” Wright said.

“The scale of the task is massive… If you look at how long other trade negotiations have taken, it’s basically a couple of years [until a full deal is agreed], especially if you’re looking at something very comprehensive.”

Multiple senior EU figures have insisted that a deal will take much longer than the 11 months allowed by the transition period.

Johnson doesn’t agree with this and insists that it is “epically likely” that some sort of deal can be negotiated by the end of the year.

However, even if he’s right about that, the UK will also have to embark on a whole series of other new trade negotiations around the world during this time.

The most controversial of these will be with the US, where issues such as food standards, pharmaceuticals, taxation on US tech firms and vehicle tariffs will dominate.

Some trade experts expect the UK government to place great emphasis on the US talks.

“The government will clearly want to be playing up where it’s getting to with the US,” Rutter told Business Insider.

“The easiest thing in the world is to launch trade talks. Because it’s like a giant ribbon-cutting ceremony. Then the hard work comes… [and] a lot of the things the UK wants out of a trade deal are not what the US wants.”

However, other experts expect the UK government to keep as quiet as possible about the talks.

“I don’t think [the UK government] want to conduct these trade negotiations very much in the open,” Rutter told Business Insider.

“I think they’ll actually be trying to say, ‘Look, now Brexit is done, we’re getting on with all the things that matter to you. We’ve had three-and-a-half years bleating about Brexit, getting us all nowhere and just making us very annoyed and polarised. Now you’ve got a government that can not only do Brexit but also start spending money.'”

Will Brexit really get done by December 2020?

A new Brexit cliff edge

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Boris Johnson won the general election in December on a promise to “get Brexit done” and move on from 12 months of rolling Brexit deadlines, political crises and extensions.

However, while the UK has now left the EU, there are still more it Brexit deadlines to come.

These are:

  • March 1 2020: The UK must agree on a new negotiating mandate with the EU.
  • July 1 2020: The UK must decide whether it requires an extension of the 11 month transition period.
  • November 26 2020: The UK must agree on a new trade deal with the EU by the final week of November.
  • December 31 2020: The Brexit transition will end. By this point, Johnson will either need to have agreed and ratified a new trade deal, agreed an extension, or resigned to cutting off trade ties with its largest trading partner.

The prime minister has insisted many times that he won’t allow any further extension to Brexit. However, he previously made similar “do or die” pledges about leaving the EU on October 31 and broke those without it doing him much harm.

As Professor Anand Menon of the UK in a Changing Europe think tank told Business Insider: “I suppose you could just about see the prime minister saying, ‘The European Union is refusing to negotiate anything until we’ve done fish and financial services and we’re reluctantly going to have to extend the transition period’.”

However, even if Johnson refuses to extend and instead agrees on some sort of basic deal with the EU in time for December, more in-depth negotiations are likely to continue for years more to come.

“It never really ends,” David Henig, UK Director at the European Centre For International Political Economy told Business Insider.

“EU negotiations never end. Look at Switzerland – it’s just a permanent negotiation with the EU. Our desire to get better trading conditions will never end either.”

Carli Lloyd kicks a field goal in Super Bowl commercial, and the message goes beyond just her NFL dreams

  • USWNT star Carli Lloyd will take center stage in a Secret deodorant ad set to air during Super Bowl LIV.
  • In the ad, Lloyd drills a game-winning field goal in front of a stadium full of fans, driving home a message that she says “goes beyond football.”
  • “It’s about showing women and girls that it’s okay to set big goals for themselves and to aspire to be more than what they think is possible,” Lloyd told Business Insider.
  • At the moment, Lloyd is focused on her USWNT responsibilities for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but she hasn’t ruled out the prospect of kicking field goals for an NFL team in the future.
  • Read more of Business Insider’s Super Bowl 2020 coverage here.
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Carli Lloyd has been pushing the limits of what women can do on the soccer pitch since her first World Cup in 2007.

But now, she’s taking that ambition to the NFL – at least for one commercial.

Lloyd and US Women’s National Team teammate Crystal Dunn will take center stage in a Secret Deodorant ad set to air during Super Bowl LIV. In the commercial, Dunn places the ball for Lloyd, who drills a game-winning field goal to the delight of fans inside a loud, jam-packed stadium.

The crowd temporarily hushes when Dunn and Lloyd remove their helmets, but the roars of applause resume shortly thereafter.

Carli Lloyd at the 2019 World Cup.

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Carli Lloyd at the 2019 World Cup.
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Lloyd told Business Insider that Secret’s message “goes beyond football.”

“It’s a lot bigger than that,” Lloyd said. “Secret wants to awaken the potential in others to see that there are barriers that can be broken and things that can be accomplished. It’s the bigger conversation of having women and young girls and females to be able to pursue whatever they dream of doing.”

“I didn’t want to turn this down at all because I thought it was an unbelievable message and campaign to be apart of,” she added.

Lloyd made headlines over the summer when she hit a 55-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles practice. Since then, chatter about the longtime USWNT star taking her big boot to the NFL has proliferated. A number of pro teams reached out to Lloyd about joining their preseason rosters, but her focus was firmly on the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Still, she’s not ruling anything out.

“I’m in the thick of things with Olympic qualifying at the moment and have a big year ahead so I really want to pour my heart and soul into it just like I do every year,” Lloyd said. “I’m not closing any doors. There is always an opportunity. Given my age, I wouldn’t say, well, at 39 you might not be able to kick a field goal. It’s still a possibility.”

Though kicking in the NFL would be a first both for Lloyd and for womankind, trailblazing is par for the course for the prolific striker. Lloyd and the rest of the USWNT are famously suing the US Soccer federation to fight for equal pay, and she sees the Secret ad’s message as furthering the greater message behind that public battle.

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“[The USWNT] is fighting for equal opportunity on our side and for equality as a whole to better the generation coming behind us,” Lloyd said. “This ad is the same sort of message. It’s about showing women and girls that it’s okay to set big goals for themselves and to aspire to be more than what they think is possible. We want to show people what a truly equal world can look like in our USWNT world and it’s no different than the ad that I’ve just taken part in.”

Though she acknowledges that there’s still a long way to go, Lloyd is encouraged by the change she’s seen over the course of her career.

“For so many years, the idea was that women can’t be as successful as men in the workplace, in the athletic world, in the professional sports world, in the business world,” Lloyd said. “We’re seeing a huge shift and we’re seeing a trend that that is changing. Women are becoming more and more confident to go after their dreams.”

“It’s changed, and it’s pretty remarkable and pretty amazing,” she added.

Check out the full Secret deodorant commercial featuring Lloyd and Dunn below:

Brexit finally happens: The United Kingdom has left the European Union

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  • The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union.
  • There were celebrations and protests nationwide as the UK counted down to Brexit at 11 p.m. GMT.
  • The UK government projected a countdown clock onto Downing Street in the run-up to the moment.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed a “new dawn” for the country.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The United Kingdom has finally left the European Union after three and a half years of political turmoil.

There were celebrations and protests across the country as the clock counted down to 11 p.m. GMT on Friday, bringing an end to almost half a century of Britain’s membership of the EU.

In a speech broadcast on Facebook an hour before Britain’s exit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the moment represented a “new dawn” for the country after three years of division, delay, and parliamentary deadlock.

“The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning,” Johnson said in a video message filmed inside his 10 Downing St. residence. “This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act. It is a moment of real national renewal and change.”

The UK government projected a countdown clock onto the front of Downing Street in the hour leading up to 11 p.m., while “leave” voters celebrated outside the Houses of Parliament with pro-Brexit politicians like Nigel Farage.

Britain formally left the EU hours after Johnson and his Cabinet met in Sunderland. The city in northeast England was famously the first area of the country to declare a “leave” vote in the 2016 referendum.

This meeting of Johnson and his most senior ministers was designed as a public display of the government’s commitment to improve the lives of voters in Brexit-voting areas of the UK outside London and the southeast of England.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, there were historic scenes as EU officials took down Union Jack flags in preparation for Britain’s formal departure.

What will happen now that Britain has left the EU?

What changes after Brexit

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The UK will now enter an 11-month transition period, during which it will continue to follow EU rules and laws.

This means life won’t feel any different for UK citizens until January 2021, when the UK’s relationship with the EU will change significantly.

In the meantime, the UK government plans to negotiate a new free-trade deal with the EU, as well as free-trade agreements with countries like the US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Georgina Wright from the Westminster-based Institute for Government think tank told Business Insider that negotiating a new trade deal with the EU would be the “greatest and arguably most complex negotiation” of the entire Brexit process.

“February 1 is the end of the beginning; it’s not the beginning of the end,” Wright said. “The scale of the task is massive. … If you look at how long other trade negotiations have taken, it’s basically a couple of years, especially if you’re looking at something very comprehensive.”

Multiple senior EU figures have said a deal will take much longer than the 11 months allowed by the transition period.

Johnson said he would not extend the transition period beyond December. Experts have warned that this creates a new cliff edge at the end of the year, in which the UK could switch to costly new trading terms with the EU.

Perhaps the most controversial element of the trade negotiations will be with US President Donald Trump’s administration, where issues such as food standards, pharmaceuticals, taxation on US tech firms, and vehicle tariffs will dominate.

How did we get here?

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Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership in June 2016 triggered a period of chaos and instability unseen in Britain for decades.

Cameron’s failure to persuade the nation to stay in the EU triggered his resignation and eventually led to his replacement by Theresa May.

However, May’s decision in 2017 to hold a snap general election, in which she lost the Conservative Party’s majority in Parliament, handed legislative power to opposition MPs, and left the UK in an extended period of political deadlock.

MPs rejected May’s Brexit deal with the EU on numerous occasions, forcing her to delay Britain’s exit twice.

May resigned as prime minister and Conservative Party leader in 2019, triggering a leadership contest that Johnson went on to win convincingly. He promised to deliver Brexit as soon as possible.

Despite Johnson’s victory, MPs voted again to block a no-deal Brexit in October, leading the new prime minister to seek a fresh delay to Britain’s exit and push it back to January.

Johnson then called a general election in which he successfully won an 80-seat majority, ensuring that Britain would finally leave the EU.