Reforming the European Union is the best way to keep it together post-Brexit.

That was the message today from Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre as she welcomed plans for a task force to bring greater focus to EU legislation. It will aim to improve the lawmaking process so that the block does less - but does it better.

Miss McIntyre, who chairs a Task Force on Better Regulation for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the Parliament, said the move was: "Music to the ears of anyone who wants to see EU regulation only where appropriate and proportionate."

The task force was promised in Commission President Jean-Claude Junker's State of the Union speech. It will start its work in January, chaired by Frans Timmermans, Commission First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, it has been announced.

The task force will be composed of nine additional members, with three members from national parliaments, three from the European Parliament and three from the Committee of the Regions.

Miss McIntyre, who represents the West Midlands and is Conservative employment spokesman said: "We are very hopeful that as the parliament's third-largest group the ECR will have one of the European Parliament places on the task force.

"This can only be seen as a positive move and one which will counter the impression that the EU wants to interfere anywhere and everywhere. By allowing that perception, the EU has alienated many ordinary citizens across Europe including those who voted Leave in Britain.

"If it is to win back that lost confidence, regain its relevance and keep its integrity and unity, the EU must fix its tendency to legislate to widely, too loosely, and too readily."