Moves by the European Union to abolish the bi-annual clock change have been condemned as unwanted and unnecessary by Conservative MEPs.

The European Parliament today voted 410-192 to force member states to adopt either all year winter or summer time from April 2021, ending the practice of putting the clocks forward in Spring and back in the Autumn.

Conservatives MEPs opposed the proposal, saying there was no justification for the change.

Conservative Transport Spokesman and Deputy Leader Jacqueline Foster MEP said: "Quite frankly, this is not a matter that should be decided in Brussels. We welcomed the decision some years ago to ensure that, when the clocks do change across Europe, they do so on the same day, but have consistently argued that this is ultimately a matter for an individual country.”

She added, "This move is unwanted and unnecessary. With all of the problems and challenges facing the EU at present, one would have thought that the Commission’s focus would be elsewhere.”

The British Government has indicated it has no plans to make the switch post-Brexit, and the proposal still needs to be approved by member states in the European Council, where it could be rejected.