Sunday 21 July, 2019

UK to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

Current British Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister John Major arrive for a ceremony for former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Saturday July 1, 2017. Current and former leaders from Europe and beyond are gathering in Strasbourg, France to bid farewell to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died June 16 at 87. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Current British Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister John Major arrive for a ceremony for former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Saturday July 1, 2017. Current and former leaders from Europe and beyond are gathering in Strasbourg, France to bid farewell to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died June 16 at 87. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Britain is pulling out of an agreement that permits fishermen from five other countries to operate in U.K. waters, the first step in reasserting control over its fishing industry as it prepares to leave the European Union.

The government announced Sunday it will trigger the two-year process of leaving the London Fisheries Convention, which allows vessels from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish between six and 12 nautical miles off the U.K. coastline.

Britain signed the convention before it joined the EU and would be bound by its terms after leaving the bloc unless it starts to withdraw from the treaty now.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move will lead "to a more competitive, profitable and sustainable industry for the whole of the U.K."

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