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Joe Biden to 'anger EU' by shutting Brussels out of US trade plan

US President Joe Biden's "Buy American" plan could deal a huge blow to the EU's hopes of a trade deal with Washington. When he signed the flagship policy in January, Mr Biden declared: “The US Government should, whenever possible, procure goods, products, materials, and services from sources that will help American businesses compete in strategic industries and help America’s workers thrive.” With international trade low on the priority list, the EU's ambitions of strengthening trading ties with the US may have to wait.

Erik Brattberg, the Europe programme director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Vox in January that the EU "are not keen on following the US” in a more protectionist route.

He added: “Just because Biden is being nice and he’s not Trump doesn’t change that calculus.”

Vox reported this policy, which could shut the EU out of US trade plans, will "anger" Brussels.

Many in the EU hoped Mr Biden would seek closer trading ties given he was Barack Obama's number two when Brussels and Washington were negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).