COVID19 27 April 2020 Coronavirus crisis could make UK-EU trade deal more likely, Gove says Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The coronavirus crisis could increase the chances of the UK and European Union agreeing a trade deal before the end of the year, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has claimed. Asked today by the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union whether the pandemic alters the chances of a deal by December 31, Gove said it "should concentrate the minds of EU negotiators, reinforcing the vital importance of coming to a conclusion". Reaching a trade deal before the end of the year was "entirely possible", he said, putting the odds of it happening at two to one. › The coronavirus crisis has exposed Boris Johnson’s cabinet as the weakest in living memory Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!