Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:56AM
A fishing boat braves the strong waves at the North Sea to catch fish. (File photo)
A fishing boat braves the strong waves at the North Sea to catch fish. (File photo)

The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to reclaim the country’s waters after leaving the European Union (EU), according to a new report.

May is expected to take Britain out of a pre-EU agreement that allows European fishing vessels to access waters six to twelve nautical miles from British shores, The Telegraph reported Thursday.

In the absence of the 1964 London convention, British fishermen would have all the waters to themselves unless May decides to strike a new deal during EU negotiations.

Some reports indicate that currently trawlers from the rest of the EU land more than half of all the fish caught in British waters.

Out of the EU, the bloc’s hated Common Fisheries Policy would no longer apply to the UK’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Under EU's quota system, Fishermen are dictated precisely which species of fish, and how many, they can catch.

This is while most fishermen prefer a "days at sea" system, where they are allowed to fish freely for a number of days, while being monitored to prevent over-fishing.

The only problem is that May should inform plans to leave the convention two years earlier, according to the agreement.

Sources within the UK Environment Department said that "there is a logic" to withdrawing from the accord at the same the UK government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process.

The Telegraph reported Thursday that has been discussing the matter for months with other members of the 1964 deal.

May will trigger the process of Britain's withdrawal from the EU on March 29. She has pledged to complete the process in two years.

The United Kingdom held a referendum last June in which Britons voted by a 52-48 percent margin to leave the EU, the first member state ever to do so.

Getting rid of complicated EU regulations, more control on immigration by tightening the borders and an increase in the number of job opportunities were the main demands of the so-called Leave campaign in the run-up to the vote.