PUBLISHED: 10:10, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 10:11, Mon, Jan 11, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden is within days from moving into the White House. From rebuilding the Iran nuclear deal to fighting the pandemic to addressing climate change, Europeans are scrambling to seize the moment with the incoming US leader. Because of Mr Biden’s age and history, many in the EU believe he will be more interested in cooperation with Europe than any US president for the foreseeable future.
However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Government trade adviser Shanker Singham explained why tensions with Brussels will fundamentally remain, whereas London will be able to develop a stronger trade relationship with Washington.
Mr Singham, the CEO of economic consultancy Competere, said: "Any new US President has to focus on domestic policy for the first few months...
"He cannot seem to be leading with foreign policy and I expect Biden to be no different.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
"He will be trying to offset the balance of the Trump administration, the anti-Europe approach.
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"But at the end of the day, what does it mean for trade policy?"
The deals the US would like to do, Mr Singham claimed, are with the EU and the UK.
However, there seems to be a crucial problem with Brussels.
Mr Singham explained: "The Democrats are going to be more hostile to some of the European policies going forward.
"The Trump administration was not a big fan of big tech but the Democrats on the West Coast are, and digital services taxes in Europe are going to be a massive impediment and barrier.
"Standard issues are also going to be a massive impediment in a deal between the US and the EU."
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Finally, on agriculture, Mr Singham noted, the Democrats are stronger on market access for US producers and US farmers, whereas European agricultural protectionism will continue.
He said: "Actually, it is getting worse... The sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules in Europe are getting worse.
"The chances of getting a US-EU deal are zero...